Colonel's Daughter Contest at Fort Verde State Historic Park Slated for September 25

September 12, 2016

PHOENIX - In the similar tradition of naming a local Rodeo Queen, the Camp Verde Cavalry will once again hold the Fort Verde Days’ Colonel's Daughter Contest. The contest will be on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. on the parade grounds at Fort Verde State Historic Park. Come early at 10 a.m. for a ceremony honoring Fort Verde State Historic Park with their placement of a bronze plaque designating the location as the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona.

A panel of out-of-town judges will review the Colonel’s Daughter competition and select the 2016 Colonel’s Daughter based on the horsemanship, poise and personality of the contestants. The young woman that is chosen as the Colonel’s Daughter will receive gifts from the Town of Camp Verde’s merchants, which will include a winning buckle and spurs. The winner and all other contestants (the Colonel’s Daughter’s Court) will be riding in the Fort Verde Days parade escorted by the Camp Verde Cavalry. This will be the 56th anniversary of the competition.

Those interested in competing may pick up applications and informational packet at the following locations: Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, Fort Verde State Historic Park, Camp Verde Feeds Store and National Bank of Arizona. 

There is no fee to attend the Colonel’s Daughter contest located on the parade ground but the regular park entrance fee applies to those who would like to tour the historic homes and museum. For more information contact Jim Meredith, Camp Verde Cavalry, event Chairman (602) 540-0029 or contact Fort Verde State Historic Park staff at (928) 567-3275.

WHAT: Colonel’s Daughter Contest (pick up applications and informational packet at: Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, Fort Verde State Historic Park, Camp Verde Feeds Store and National Bank of Arizona)  

WHERE: Fort Verde State Historic Park (Fee for touring historic homes and museum - Entrance fee is $7 per person ages 14 & up; $4 for youths 7-13 and free for children younger than 6.) There is no fee to attend the Colonel's Daughter competition or plaque ceremony.

WHEN: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. (Plaque ceremony at 10 a.m.)

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com

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