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Rex Allen Days–
a Willcox tradition

The annual Rex Allen Days takes place in Willcox, Arizona in October.

This three-day event celebrates the life of Rex Allen and features many of his favorite events, including a professional rodeo, parade, and concerts. How to find Willcox on the map.

Rex Allen Rodeo photos by Carl Sparfeld.

KGUN's Guy Atchley was the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Rex Allen Days parade in Willcox.

The first Rex Allen Days event in 1951 was planned as a benefit for the local hospital. Since then, other charitable organizations have benefited from the proceeds of the weekend.  The proceeds are also used to present scholarships to Willcox High School graduates.

This GCPRA sanctioned rodeo is held at Quail Drive Sports Park Arena in Willcox, Arizona. Rodeo events include Bareback Bronc Riding, Barrels, Break-Away Roping, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping.

Rex Allen Days Carl SparfeldThe first event on Thursday night is the annual Cowboy Hall of Fame Banquet. There was a new and expanded entertainment schedule on Railroad Avenue during Rex Allen Days.

Local "cowboys" are inducted into the unique group of people who helped to contribute towards Willcox's history. 

Friday events include the Rodeo Queen Competition with appearances by Rex Allen Jr., and other entertainers at the elementary school and the NCCH Nursing Home.  Afternoon/Evening brings events like gunfights and Cowboy Poetry entertainers. An old Rex Allen movie showing and Wine & Cheese Benefit is held for the Rex Allen Museum.

On Saturday, a parade goes through Historic Downtown Willcox. Afterwards, Keiller Park hosts a country fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Keiller Park Stage is located on Bisbee Avenue. The parade starts at approximately 1:00pm.

Rodeo Tickets for the Rex Allen Days are available at the Willcox Chamber of Commerce.

General Admission Tickets are $10.00 for adults. Children 6-12 years are $5.00 each. Box Seating Tickets right on the Arena fence are $15.00. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

The Rex Allen Days Rodeo is sanctioned by Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association.

For more information on Rex Allen Days, visit the Rex Allen Days web site, call 520-384-2272 or 1-800-200-2272 or email [email protected].

More photos by Carl Sparfeld

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