Monthly Archives: October 2009

Willcox Wine and Art Show Oct. 17 & 18

Have you tasted Arizona’s wines yet?

Coronado Vineyards in Willcox (c) Luanne Mattson

Coronado Vineyards in Willcox (c) Luanne Mattson

If not, you might want to check out Willcox this weekend. Willcox’s weather looks fantastic (highs in the 80s; lows in the 50s)!

Eight Arizona wineries are gearing up for the Willcox Wine and Art Show. Six of the eight wineries are grown in Cochise County. The event will also include a juried art show of 30 artists, five food booths, music and a wine tasting area.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 17 & 18

Where: Railroad Park, on Railroad Ave. in historic downtown Willcox

Cost: Wine tasting will be $10 for those over 21 and includes six tasting coupons and a commemorative Arizona Wine glass. Attendance and parking  is FREE and open to the public.

Check the Willcox Wine and Art Show website for more info.

Looking for more to do in Willcox? Check out the Rex Allen Museum, dedicated to preserving the memory of Rex Allen, who was the “voice of Disney” for years. If you’re a fan of country music, you might also stop by the Marty Robbins exhibit, which is also on Railroad Avenue. Marty is famous for his song, El Paso, but he has hundreds of other great songs. Outside Willcox’s downtown are Apple Annie’s Orchard and a number of other u-pick farms if you want to pick your own apples or pumpkins (can you say “pie”?). Click here for the Willcox harvest brochure.

Stop by the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for more information on places to see and things to do in the area.

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Cochise County abuzz with events

Cochise County’s communities are in full swing with events this month! October is packed with great stuff like Tombstone’s Helldorado Days, Bisbee’s Stair Climb, the Cochise County Cycling Classic and Benson’s Butterfield Stage Days. Read on for more info!

Oct. 9-12, Corvettes and Ghost Riders, Tombstone

Early Cowpoke Rendezvous, Welcome Rustlers Corral, Boardwalk Rally, People’s Choice NCCC Car Show, Cochise County Road Tour and more.

Details: throughout the weekend in historic downtown Tombstone. Admission is free. For more info, contact the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-457-3929 or

Oct. 10 & 11, Butterfield Overland Stage Days

Although the Butterfield Overland Stage ran for only two years, it was a turning point in American history. This event marks John Butterfield’s overland mail and passenger service that connected East with West. An official U.S. Post Office Pony Express mail run will take letters with a special cancellation on horseback from Benson to Dragoon on Saturday. Vendors and entertainment will be held in Lions Park. Craft vendors will sell their wares and demonstrate how they are made. Musical entertainment will include The Santa Cruz River band featuring Ted Ramirez and Michael Ronstadt on Sunday. A quilt show and a car show will be held, and back by popular demand the “Quad Boys” will provide quad motorcycle demonstrations.

Details: Contact the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 520-586-2842.

Oct. 10, Butterfield Rodeo, Benson

This one-day Butterfield Rodeo, one of the more popular rodeos in the area, will raise money for charity.

Details: 5 p.m., followed by a dance at 8:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 10 at the Arena Bar on Prickly Pear Ave. for more info, contact the Benson Visitor Center at 520-586-4293.

Oct. 10, Cars in the Park, Sierra Vista

More than 350 vintage and custom cars will be polished and shined at the Annual Cars in the Park, considered the largest outdoor car show in Arizona.

Details: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., Oct. 10 at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Sierra Vista. Admission is free for spectators. For more info, call 520-803-9457.

Oct. 10, Wine Festival, Bisbee

Visitors can sample more than 50 Old and New World Wines at the Vintage Bisbee Wine Festival at City Park in Brewery Gulch. Sponsored by the Bisbee Rotary Club, this event is guaranteed to be an afternoon of great food, music and fun.

Details: 4-7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 10, at City Park in Bisbee’s Brewery Gulch. Find ticket info at 520-432-3554 or

Oct. 10 & 11, 35th Annual Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Show, Sierra Vista

Live demonstrations, educational displays, rocks, jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, equipment, lapidary supplies & more! Presented by the Huachuca Mineral & Gem Club, the show benefits the club’s scholarship fund.

Details: Oct. 10 & 11, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane (off Wilcox Drive), Sierra Vista. For more info, call 520-459-3718.

Oct. 16 & 17, SAHR Biker Rodeo, Benson

Every year in October, the Southern Arizona Harley Riders put on their Biker Rodeo at The Arena in Benson. Featuring a bike show, games for kids and bikers, a charity auction, vendors and door prizes.

Details:  The Arena, Benson. Admission is $15. Visit for more info.

Oct. 16-18, 80th Annual Helldorado Days, Tombstone

What started out as the town’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1929 has turned into a famous tradition. Events include reenactments, a parade, gun show, fashion shows, carnival, live music, contests and street entertainment.

Details: all weekend in historic downtown Tombstone. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-457-3929 or visit

Oct. 17, Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb

The 19th annual Bisbee 1000 can be a challenging competitive run or a casual walk exploring 1,000 of Bisbee’s stairs. Pledge the event, win prizes and help restore the historic steps while improving your health. The KWCD Ice Man, “the event within the event,” involves carrying a block of ice up 153 stairs in less than 30 seconds – fun to participate in or just to watch!

Race begins at 9 a.m. at the Iron Man Statue in Tombstone Canyon. For more information, call 520-432-1585 or visit

Oct. 17 & 18, Cochise County Cycling Classic, Douglas

Ultra cycling event in Cochise County’s high desert landscape of Dragoon and Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. 45-, 92-, 157 and 252-mile rides Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. Cyclist participating in the 157- and 25- mile rides must have their own support crews. Benefits DARC.

Riders take of at 2 a.m., 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. in Douglas, Arizona and tour the county. For more info, call 520-745-2033 or visit the Perimeter Bicycling Association’s website.

Oct. 22-25, Border Town Cowboy Action Shoot, Tombstone

Cowboy Action Shooting Arizona State Championship. Shooting competition, food and vendors.

Admission is free for spectators. For more information visit or

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