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Rex Allen Days is a Willcox tradition

The annual Rex Allen Days takes place in Willcox, Arizona this year on October 5-7, 2012. Willcox has hosted the Rex Allen Days events and Rodeo for the past 61 years. The 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.

The first Rex Allen Days event, held 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.

Rex Allen Days Carl Sparfeld
Photography by Carl Sparfeld

The first event on Thursday night is the annual Cowboy Hall of Fame Banquet. 

There will be 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 2012 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. Willcox Rex Allen Days Rodeo photos by Carl Sparfeld.

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

Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum

The Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum has a special appearance by Baxter Black on Friday night October 5th, 2012 during Rex Allen Days.

Rex Elvie Allen was known as the "Arizona Cowboy" and "Mister Cowboy." He was born in 1920 and died in 1999.

Opened in 1989 to honor the famous home-town boy, the Rex Allen Museum is located at 150 North Railroad Avenue, in Willcox, AZ 85643.

Across the street from the museum is a larger-than-life bronze statue of Rex Allen, created by sculptor Buck McCain.

The Museum is open from 10:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays and all major holidays.

For more information on the Rex Allen Museum, call 520-384-4583.

Rex Allen Days photo by Carl Sparfeld

Rex Allen Days photo by Carl Sparfeld

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