Cochise County’s weekend events celebrate Old West

April 3-5, Tombstone Old West Founders Days, Tombstone

Tombstone’s annual March celebration known as Ed Schieffelin Territorial Days has a new name: Old West Founders Days. It is now presented jointly with the Rose Tree Festival. Tombstone is home to the “World’s Largest Rose Tree,” according to the Guinness record book. Enjoy history with mining displays, performances, exhibition, the Tombstone Gun Show, “Taste of Tombstone” featuring samples from local restaurants and evening concerts as well as the Rose Parade and crowning of the Rose Queen!

Details: April 3-5,on Allen Street.Admission is free. Call 888-457-3929 or visit www.tombstonechamber.com for more info.

April 3-5, Frontier Days & All Women’s Rodeo, Sierra Vista

Frontier Days will combine with the All Women’s Rodeo for a weekend of Western fun. Days will be filled with dancing, ventriloquists, comedy, performances by local dance schools, the Sierra Vista Chorus and Miss Sierra Vista, plus live performances by country rock artists. The Sierra Vista Kennel Club will haveĀ a breed show and canine events. If that’s not enough, there will be a carnival and beer garden! Tickets are available at the Sierra Vista Visitors Center, Spur Western Wear, Windemere Hotel and Boot Barn.

Details: Gates open at 11 a.m. at the Sierra Vista Riding Club Arena, 401 Guilio Cesare Dr.

Frontier Days Admission: $5 per person to the fair

Rodeo Admission: $10 per person, general admission; $15 reserved seats (includes admission to fair)

More info at 520-417-6960.

April 5 & 6, Copper Cities Limited Rail Excursions, Bowie

Visitors can relive the romance of rail travel in this excursion through the land that includes the history of the Old West, mining boomtowns and the Chiricahua Apaches. The train will consist of a full-length dome, an open window coach and a lounge observation car. The charter passenger train rides will travel from Globe, Ariz. to Bowie, Ariz. Passengers will travel by bus for the first leg of the trip and return by train. Another excursion will travel from Duncan, Ariz. to Lordsburg, NM, Clifton, Ariz. and return to Duncan. Sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, which has operated similar trips in more than 20 states.

When: 8 a.m. departure from Bowie, April 5; 8 a.m. departure from Duncan, April 6

Where: round trip begins in Bowie, Ariz. (4/5) & Duncan, Ariz. (4/6)

Tickets: $220 per person, per day

Info: http://www.techscribes.com/sarm/Arizona%20Eastern.htm

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