Kayenta Fourth of July fest kicks off June 27
6/25/2013 10:36:00 AM
By Navajo-Hopi Observer
KAYENTA, Ariz. - The Kayenta Fourth of July Rodeo and Fair starts tomorrow and continues through Saturday, July 6. Whether it's music, rodeo, dancing, games, parades, fireworks, or a BMX/skate competition, this unparalleled festival extravaganza has something for everyone.
"We really want to bring the community together for a great celebration not just within Kayenta, but having people come from afar, too, to join us in these festivities," Town Manager for Kayenta Township Andre Cordero said.
On field day alone, Saturday, July 6, there will be dunk tanks, trampolines, tire races, grandma's purse race, a balloon toss a tug-o-war, horse races, foot races, a watermelon eating contest and plenty more.
"The Field Day is important to us because that brings all generations together," said Cordero. "It is just a fun day of complete activity for all ages."
Among so many events, Cordero said it is hard to choose any favorite but said that along with Field Day, Elder Day is an important event for the festival. It takes place Wednesday, July 3 at 10 a.m.
"We really cherish wholeheartedly Elder Day," said Cordero. "We bring the elders together from within Kayenta and from surrounding communities. We feed them and provide entertainment for them. It means something for them to be together and it means something for us, the town, as part of the celebration."
Cordero said the township doesn't put on this event alone. The community of Kayenta is heavily involved in putting on a successful celebration.
"We have a great group of volunteers who assist us and the community is extremely supportive," said Cordero. "The township is giving back to its community and this is one of the ways."
In the evening on July 3 at the Kayenta Rodeo grounds at 7:30 p.m., is the first performance All Indian rodeo, and at 9 p.m. a country-dance takes place.
The Fourth of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m. right down Kayenta Main Street (U.S. 163) with free entry for non-political affiliates. The grand prize award is $500, second prize is $400, and the third place prize is $300. The theme is "honoring traditions yesterday, today and tomorrow."
At the same time at Monument Valley High School student activity center is the Navajo Song and Dance Contest beginning at 10 a.m. Then later in the evening the second performance of the All Indian rodeo is at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Western dance and fireworks at 10 p.m.
On Friday, women's basketball and team roping take place at 9 a.m. with enough time to head to the 11th Annual Kayenta Pow Wow featuring Gourd dancing at 2 p.m. Then later that evening, the Pow Wow Grand Entry takes place at 7 p.m. before the third performance of the rodeo at 7:30 p.m. with more dancing after.
Saturday, July 6 is the last day of the festival and it is packed full of activities. In addition to the field day that starts at 10 a.m., there is steer wrestling at 9 a.m., the youth dummy roping championship at 9 a.m. and men's basketball tournament at 9 a.m. More Pow Wow gourd dancing takes place at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The music festival kicks of at 11 a.m. and features The Plateros, the Jir Project Band, Twang Deluxe, Chuckie Begay & The Mother Earth Blues Band, Pax Harvey and a special guest.
Later in the evening, the wild horse race, for the fourth night is at 7 p.m. followed by the All Indian Rodeo's final performance for the top 10 with another dance and a final fireworks display.
Admission is free to all events.
More information about exact schedules and location of events is available at kayentatownship.net or (928) 697-8451.