Kayenta Fourth of July festivities offer something for everyone

KAYENTA, Ariz. - The Kayenta Fourth of July Rodeo and Fair starts in earnest July 3 and continues through July 5. Whether it's music, rodeo, dancing, games, parades, fireworks, or a BMX/skate competition, this unparalleled festival extravaganza has something for everyone.

Last year, Andrea Cordero, Kayenta Township manager, said the Kayenta Fourth of July celebration was a way to bring the community together, not just for Kayenta but for people who come join in from far away, too.

Elder Day is one of the first events on Thursday, July 3 at 10 a.m. This day is a chance for community members to feed and entertain elders in the community and surrounding areas as a thank you.

Thursday continues with a powwow hand drum contest at 6 p.m., all Indian rodeo, second performance at 7:30 p.m., and a dance that starts at 9 p.m.

July 4 kicks off a day packed full of activities with Kayenta Field Day at 9 a.m. The day features a dunk tanks, tire races, sack races, a bounce house, tug-o-war, free hot dogs and more. The day provides an opportunity for different generations to come together, with many activities provided.

The Fourth of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m. right down Kayenta Main Street (U.S. 163) with free entry for non-political affiliates. The grand prize award is $400, second prize is $300, and the third place prize is $200. The theme is "celebrating our past with family, community and traditions."

In competition with the parade at 10 a.m. on July 4 is aBMX/Skate competition, powwow gourd dancing, Slide and Ride youth bull riding and the dummy roping championship.

The Kayenta Music Festival starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The event features The Plateros, Public Enemy #1, Motley Crue Tribute Band, The Jir Project Band, The Cremains, Twang Deluxe and Skool Boi Kook.

The powwow grand entry is at 1 p.m., the all Indian Rodeo third performance is at 7:30 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. dance and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 5 is the last day of the festival starting off with a bang at 9 a.m. with the Kenneth H. Young Memorial Steer Wrestling Chute Out, with more powwow gourd dancing at 10 a.m.

Later in the evening the All Indian Rodeo Top 10 final performance (tough enough to wear pink) starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dance at 9 p.m.

More schedule and event location information is available at www.kayentatownship.net or (928) 697-8451.

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