BENSON — With Butterfield Stagecoach Days just over a month away, organizers are soliciting vendors and sponsors for the Oct. 12-13 event.
This year’s event will have a more historical flare, according to the Benson/San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce, who is spearheading the event, and organizers are looking for a strong turnout for Butterfield Stagecoach Days “A Living History.”
The GFWC Benson Juniors are sponsoring the parade which kicks off the festivities Oct. 12.
The event runs that Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at Apache Park, 150 W. 6th St., adjacent to City Hall, featuring the Mormon Battalion Foundation Encampment and Buffalo Soldiers, in addition to an action-packed roster that also includes The Cameo Ladies of Tombstone, for a tea and fashion show. Attendees can enjoy Native Flute, Mariachi, Rockabilly, Western Music, Folkloric and Aztec Dancers, geology digs, mini train, artifacts and Native American displays and the “Kids Kove.”
It’s two days of fun and activities for the entire family, chamber officials said. “Let’s join together to make these events memorable.”
The Butterfield Stage from the Overland Mail Company had two stage stations in the Benson area – Dragoon Springs and San Pedro River Station. The two served as stopping points for the Celerity wagons that carried both passengers and mail on the Butterfield Overland Trail from 1858 to 1861 on a 2,800-mile stretch that connected St. Louis to San Francisco, with a section of the route passing through the area.
Vendor and sponsorship applications are available by visiting bensonchamberaz.org or at the chamber office, 168 E. 4th St.
The GCPRA Butterfield Rodeo will have its two days of competition beginning Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. and at 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Benson Rodeo Grounds at The Arena Bar. Kids rodeo is at 3 p.m. that Saturday and at noon that Sunday.