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Monday, June 26, 2017

Around Arizona: Family friendly events from rodeos to gem shows

Maybe you’ll strike it rich at Gold Rush Days in Wickenberg, running Feb. 10-12.

Maybe you’ll strike it rich at Gold Rush Days in Wickenberg, running Feb. 10-12.


Wuertz Farm’s Gourd Festival (Fri-Sun Feb 10-12). More than 100 gourd artists and vendors, games, mini “gourdster” races, musicians, food and more. 9am-5pm Fri-Sat, 10am-3pm Sun. $8; free for children. Pinal County Fairgrounds, 512 S Eleven Mile Corner Road. 520-723-4432 or


School Is Out & Kids Are Free (Mon Feb 20 ). Science demonstrations, astronomy-themed programs featuring planets in our solar system. 10am-5pm. $12; free for ages 17 and younger. Lowell Observatory, 1400 Mars Hill Road. 928-774-3358 or


La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo (Feb 18-26). One of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America. Gates open at 11am daily. $15 and up. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S 6th Ave. 800-964-5662 or

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (Thur-Sun Feb 9-12). Gem and mineral displays, door prizes, seminars and a junior education area.10am-6pm Thur-Sat; 10am-5pm Sun. $13; free for ages 14 and younger with paying adult. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave. 520-322-5773 or


Gold Rush Days (Thur-Sun Feb 10-12). Western-themed events, rodeo, carnival, arts and crafts, parade, food and more. Times, locations and costs vary; some events are free throughout Wickenburg. 800-942-5242 or


Two Rivers Renaissance Faire Pirate & Faerie Festival (Fri-Sun Feb 3-5). Fire dancers, jugglers, musicians, vendors and more. 10am-5pm Fri & Sun, 10am-10pm Sat. $10; $5 for ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and younger. Yuma County Fairgrounds, 2520 E 32nd St. 928-257-2056 or

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Liz Petroff

Calendar Editor Liz Petroff is the mother of Jack (8) and Lucy (6). Send information about your upcoming events to

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