As mayor of Casa Grande, I’m delighted to extend a warm welcome to the participants and visitors who have come to be a part of our annual Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash festivities. This is Casa Grande’s 10th year hosting this event, and I am happy to say that every year seems to outdo the last.
This event is made possible through the hard work and dedication of the Casa Grande Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash Committee and the West Pinal County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. These dedicated volunteers work hard to make this celebration a success.
This year’s events kick off with a Pony Express Ride, a parade down Florence Boulevard on Feb. 15, and the O’Odham Tash rodeo and dances at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park on Saturday.
Events draw competitors from both the local and national level and include participants in the Quad Nations’ Roping from the surrounding Native American communities, including the Tohono O’odham Nation, Gila River Indian Community, Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
The fun continues into the next week with the Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Roping and finishes with the ranch rodeo on Feb. 22-23. Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash serves to showcase Casa Grande’s Western heritage, and I would encourage everyone to take in any of these great events.
I hope you will join me in welcoming Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash to the City of Casa Grande. Step back in time and get a taste of the spirit of the Old West.
Welcome to Casa Grande,
Craig H. McFarland