Gold Rush Days – Wickenburg


Gold Rush Days Schedule 2016
Gold Rush Days Program of Events

Information: This event celebrates the town’s origins as a ranching & gold mining center in the days before there was a Phoenix.  The heritage event was founded 68 years ago, and today Gold Rush Days draws tens of thousands of visitors, during the     3 ½ days of activities. Gold Rush Days most significant recognition is from the Library of Congress, whereas Gold Rush Days is one of America’s Living Legacies.   The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce is the proud producer of the celebration each year, along with partners and sponsors.

Parking Map

Carnival: Brown’s Amusements Family Fun Carnival opens at 4:00 p.m., in the downtown district on February 11th at 4pm thru February 14th at 6pm.

 A LIMITED number of discount tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 216 N. Frontier Street, for Carnival Patrons.   Tickets are also sold at the carnival.                 

Senior Pro Rodeo: The National Senior Pro Rodeo and Open Rough Stock, Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students (13-17), children (5-12) $3 & under 5 are Free. Gates open at Noon.  Tickets available at the Chamber office, at the gate or online (when available)  BUY TICKETS ONLINE

GRD Open-Rough-Stock-2016 Application

The National Senior Pro Rodeo Association selected the 2013 Gold Rush Days Rodeo as their “Rodeo of the Year”.

Gold Rush Parade: The parade is on Saturday the 13th at 10:00 a.m., and one of the largest in Arizona with over 100 entries including 1,000 horses within the entry classes, Classic Automobiles, floats, marching bands, and youth groups will also be participating.

Named #3 Parade by Arizona Edventures‘ Top Ten Parades to attend in Arizona!!

68th Annual Gold Rush Days Parade Route

Old Fashion Melodrama: The Desert Stagers present an Old Fashioned Melodrama February 12th-14th with evening performances beginning at 7 p.m. in the historic Saguaro Theater.  Tickets available  at Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce office

Opening Ceremonies: The official opening gets underway on Friday, February 12 during the Opening Ceremonies on Frontier Street at 10:00 a.m. with a gunslinger-stuntman Joey Dillon, and gold rush officials kicking off the event.

Classic Car Show: Friday is the only day you will be able to see beautiful classic cars on Frontier Street from 9am -3 p.m.

Artisan Fair: The main festival area on Valentine Street in the historic district will see 150 exhibitors at the Wickenburg Art Club artisan fair, &  juried art show, family fun carnival, free stage entertainment, gold panning, 150 arts/crafts, and much more from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact:, 928-684-5479

Wickenburg Gold Rush Days Facebook Page


911 Emergency Calls

The Bagdad area will be switching to the 911 system February 8th at 09:00! The advantage of this is callers receive pre-arrival instructions from an Emergency Medical Dispatcher certified call taker and triple location verification through ANI/ALI, satellite imagery GPS location, and cell tower triangulation.

The state-of-the-art computer aided dispatch software allows for cell phone tracking, radio channel merging, and reverse 911.  This alarm room is staffed with a minimum of 11 dispatchers at all times.  These dispatchers receive 13 weeks of training and are all compliant with NFPA 1720: Standard for Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations.

Questions can be directed to the Bagdad Fire Station’s non-emergency number 928.633.6590.

Middle Ages Tournament – Estrella War

Feb. 23-29 at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek

For more than thirty years now members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to recreating the Middle Ages) and friends have gathered once a year in the sun-kissed lands of the Kingdom of Atenveldt (Arizona). Estrella War is one of the oldest and largest events held in the SCA. Its purpose: to embark in the fun and frivolity of a week of medieval style camping, pageantry, combat & weaponry skills, arts & sciences including classes & demonstrations… and of course gather in the camaraderie of friends old and new who share in the diverse interests of middle ages life.
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Is this like the Renaissance Festival?

It’s better! Unlike a Renaissance Festival, where performers are paid to entertain attendees, the SCA is a re-enactment group where the people attending participate to learn and have fun (no one is paid to attend the event)! Attendees at Estrella War should dress in the clothing and armor of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and have the opportunity to take part in activities that feature middle ages style tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. This provides seven days of middle ages activities for individual attendees, as well as a wonderful opportunity for other educational organizations, schools, and home school groups to learn about life, activities, and arts in the Middle Ages.
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Do I have to be a member of the SCA to attend Estrella War?

No! People with an SCA membership pay a discounted entrance fee, but you do not have to be a member of the SCA to attend Estrella War. However, if you intend to stay and camp at the event (be there for more than a visit for the day), you should come prepared to be a participant in an historical re-creationist event. It is preferred that you make your best effort at wearing middle ages style clothing (not modern clothing) during the time you are at the event. If this is your first time attending, talk to your local group before attending Estrella War about receiving loaner garb for the event.

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2016 Weekly Trash Schedule

Beginning February 1, 2016 Clean Harbors will only pick up trash once per week at each house.

  • If your current schedule is Monday and Thursday your trash will only be picked up on Thursdays.
  • If your current schedule is Tuesdays and Fridays your trash will only be picked up on Tuesdays.

Trash Schedule 2015

2016 Free Trash Days

Need to dispose of bulky household trash?  Free Trash Day tickets are available to all Bagdad residents.  Tickets can be picked up from the townsite housing office during office hours, Mon – Fri 8am-5pm.  On Free Dump Saturdays, tickets can be picked up from the mine security gate.

See schedule for the dates and hours the dump is open for Free Trash Days.

For more information call 928-633-6001.

2016 Free Trash Day Schedule

Yavapai Intern Preview Day

Learn about a special program for becoming certified in careers in Electrical Instrumentation Technology, Diesel Technician and Industrial Machine Mechanic fields.  For individuals seeking a high tech career this is an opportunity to learn details about a program that offers payment for college tuition and books and internships.

Registration is requested – email your name and contact information to
Yavapai Internship Day FLYER