2nd Weekend in October (Fri-Sun). The longest-running festival in Camp Verde is Fort Verde Days, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006.The festival pays tribute to the town’s Cowboy heritage and pioneer history.
Fort Verde Days takes place on the grounds of the Camp Verde Community Center and at Fort Verde State Historical Park, a key Camp Verde attraction, especially for military enthusiasts. Fort Verde State Park is located at 125 E. Holloman Street, within walking distance of the community center.
The Fort Verde State Historical Park is one of the best preserved examples of a period fort in Arizona.It was the military outpost for General Crook’s U.S. army scouts and soldiers.It features three well-preserved homes listed on the Arizona and National Registers of Historic Places, period furnishings and military memorabilia.
Parade. The festival kicks off on Saturday with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast and a colorful parade with marching bands, a cavalry and nearly 75 floats.
Park activities. At the park, festival participants can get a glimpse of the past through historic reenactments, including an encampment (complete with an 1880s mess line), living history presentations, cavalry drills, tent talks on the Indian-Wars period, softball games and even a fashion show.
Colonel’s Daughter.Girls 15 and older compete for the title of Colonel’s Daughter by showcasing their horse handling skills and social graces.All contestants are dressed in 19th century period clothing Community Center activities. Booths of fine arts, arts and crafts, and antiques dot the grounds of the community center.There is also a children’s carnival, a barbecue and a Fort Verde Days auction. Bull-riding is a popular attraction on Friday and Saturday evenings. The championship round takes place on Sunday.On Sunday afternoon youngsters get a chance at the rink.They compete for prizes on stick horses and in sheep riding, calf riding, steer riding and junior bull riding. This event takes place at the Cliff Castle Casino Stargazer Pavilion.
Dance. A country and western dance is held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. It features a local country band. Live entertainment.Continuous live music sets the mood throughout the festival. Lots of great food. There is something for everyone at the food court from barbecue to Mexican food.Popular choices are hot dogs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and ice cream. Living History. Camp Verde merchants get in the spirit of the festival and set up skits in front of their historic stores.In the Wingfield Plaza there is a reenactment of the notorious murder of Mack Rogers and Clint Wingfield by Tom Ketchum. For more information about the festivals, contact Camp Verde Promotions +1 (928) 567-2282.If you plan to spend the night, call early to reserve a room or BOOK ONLINE HERE. Local hotels generally fill up during the festivals.