If you’re looking to take the family somewhere close to home this summer, why not head three hours northeast of the Valley to Show Low, Arizona.
A place where you can experience new adventures, while getting a break from the Phoenix heat.
“I think people from the outside come out and see that [Show Low] has a great appeal and great attraction,” said Jimmie Applegate, executive director of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce.
One event bringing visitors to the area is the 12th Annual Show Low Days from June 5-6.
A two-day event where families can enjoy a variety of activities at different locations around town from the Verl Gillespie Memorial Roping competition, Rim Country Cruisers, “Cruzin The Rim” Car Show and Derby Down the Deuce.
“We started that up and this is the 4th year running,” Applegate said.
A soap box derby event that is open to ages 14 and up competing for cash prizes to see who has the fastest homemade car or best looking.
“You have [people] who are in it for speed and trying to build the fastest car,” Applegate said. “And then you’ve got companies, families and groups that have just got together and [made] a funny car that makes you laugh and they know [it’s] not going to go fast, but they don’t care.”
The next event expected to draw big crowds is the Stick Horse Rodeo.
A chance for little ones to show off their homemade stick horses and see who walks away as the best dressed cowgirl and cowboy.
There is even plenty of fun games they can stay busy with during Show Low Days.
Shopping, food and entertainment is also a big hit during the weekend festivities.
“You will see vendors come across the state [as well as] out of the state,” Applegate said.
People will have a chance to check out the arts and crafts displays, designer clothes and things made out of wood.
“You will see all kinds of carnival type foods,” Applegate said. “You will get your fried Oreos and bananas to barbecue spare ribs.”
Yummy tasting food while listening to some good tunes.
The musical lineup includes Mogollon, Uncle Click Band and the Marty Robbins Tribute Band.
“Show Low Days is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate who we’re and what we do,” Applegate said. “A chance to also invite people from outside the town to come in and have fun with us for the weekend.”
For more information on the Show Low Days events, please visit www.showlowdays.com