QC to host 13th annual Roots N' Boots

Mar. 10—Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages can make their way to Queen Creek for the 13th annual Roots N' Boots rodeo starting Wednesday, March 13, at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre.

The rodeo will celebrate Queen Creek's rural heritage and cover five days of different events, activities and competitions scattered with performances and food vendors. Every day of the week will feature exciting new events.

The all-women's rodeo will kick off on Wednesday to start the week with team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Attendees can also expect to see youth barrel racing on the first day.

Rodeogoers Thursday can look forward to seeing brazen broncos at Queen Creek's famous Roots N' Chutes Thursday night bull riding.

The biggest events, however, are the full Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo performances held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all containing eight events. Saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie down roping and steer wrestling will first be showcased during the weekend and ticket holders won't want to miss out.

The full PRCA Rodeo performances will also be streamed and displayed at the Dance Hall for viewers who don't purchase seats in time.

While these events are for professionals and experienced youth, the rodeo also features an event for young first-timers called the Pee Wee barrels. This barrel race for kids ages 5 to 10 encourages first-time riders to take their chance at performing in front of a rodeo crowd.

When attendees aren't watching the rodeo events, they can enjoy food from cowboy marketplace vendors or a ride at the carnival. New rides this year include the Ali-Baba Flying Carpet and the Luna Park Gondola Wheel.

Another new attraction is the Mariachis N' Margaritas performance on Saturday, March 16, with folklorico dancers and festive Mexican bands. Performances by Josh Roy Band on Friday night and CrossRoad on Saturday night will accompany rodeo dances until midnight for singles, partners and families.

For those younger than 21, the free youth dance is 8 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Those looking to get more involved in the rodeo and practice their skill can attend any number of equine demonstrations and horsemanship clinics.

To close out the weekend, those visiting Sunday morning are invited to join lead pastor Billy Van Camp of Heart Cry Church in a special Cowboy Church service.