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Ready to Celebrate? Oro Valley Parks & Recreation is excited to be back in person to bring the community together for the Town’s annual birthday party event, Celebrate Oro Valley. The town of Oro Valley was incorporated in April of 1974 and the event is held annually on the second Saturday in April to commemorate our founding. 

Celebrate Oro Valley highlights the five elements that make Oro Valley a great place to live and play. These elements, or “pillars of Oro Valley,” help guide the theme of the event year to year. They are Arts & Culture, Science & Technology, Sports & Recreation, Landscapes & Wildlife and Leadership & Direction. In addition, the event is held at the Town’s historic park, Steam Pump Ranch and will follow the theme “As Our Story Grows.” There will be chalk boards placed throughout the event where you are invited to share your favorite part of living in, playing in, or visiting Oro Valley. At the conclusion of the event photos will be taken and posted to social media for all to read and enjoy.

The event will also be highlighting the history of horses that were in use throughout the early days of the southwest. Multiple shows will be offered, showcasing riders from the Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids (TRAK), Charros y Modelos de Arizona, and the Spanish Barb Horse Association. Charros y Modelos de Arizona is well known across the region for their Charros, and won the award for best dancing horses at the Tucson Rodeo Parade in 2019 and 2022.  Most people familiar with Tucson history will know the name Father Kino, but not everyone will know that the Spanish Barb horse was one of his contributions to the local horse stock. 

Along with the wonderful equine shows, there will be fantastic music throughout the day provided by bands, Cowboy at Heart, Adara Rae and the Homewreckers, and the Craig Green Band. These three musical groups will bring a variety of styles and genres of music to the ranch providing a “something for everyone” atmosphere. Styles will range from classic western, a mix of country rock and bluesy pop to Americana. 

The event will also host fantastic dance shows. Modelos de Arizona will provide a colorful Folkloric dance, local elementary school children dance teams will perform, as well as the dance program from Quest for Education and Arts. 

The celebration will also have great community antiques, crafts, and art for sale, as well as the Heirloom farmers market vendor booths sharing their products and services. Also available throughout the event are tours of the Historic Pusch house provided by the Oro Valley Historical Society. Prehistoric activities will be provided by Archaeology Southwest and crafts for kids provided by the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Mrs. Cheryl Leiber, one of the last residents to live at the ranch, will also share her family stories and history from the front porch of the Proctor-Lieber house, her former family home on the property. 

Finally, in honor and remembrance of two great representatives of Art and Culture in Oro Valley that were recently lost, Mr. Robert (Bob) Weede and Mrs. Gail Munden, video and art displays will be shown to commemorate their contributions. Please stop by and take a look at all they did to help make Oro Valley the great place it is today. This display will be located near the Proctor-Leiber house. 

There will also be great food trucks, games and activities throughout and lots of fun for the whole family! Head on down to Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. Join the fun and Celebrate Oro Valley and the History of Horses in the Southwest, As Our Story Grows, on April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit orovalleyaz.gov to see the full schedule of events.

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