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Local restaurants host viewing parties for Cave Creek rodeo

by SCOTT KANIEWSKI | May 20, 2020

PRCA Media Director


A couple of restaurants in Cave Creek, Ariz., will host viewing parties for Cave Creek Rodeo Days, giving rodeo fans in town the chance to gather and watch the rodeo, while keeping social distancing in mind.

Cave Creek Rodeo Days is May 22-24 and will feature some of ProRodeo’s top athletes, including defending World Champion Bareback Rider Clayton Biglow and reigning All-Around World Champion Stetson Wright, who is entered in saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

The rodeo will be closed to fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the show will be broadcast on The Cowboy Channel and the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App live at 10:30 p.m. (ET) each night.

Two of the restaurants to host viewing parties in Cave Creek are Harold’s Cave Creek Corral and the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse.

“This is the 42nd year (for the Cave Creek rodeo),” said Danny Piacquadio, owner of Harold’s and a Cave Creek Rodeo Days board member. “Cave Creek is steeped in tradition, horsemanship, cowboys and rodeo. We wanted to keep that tradition going. Obviously, these are tough times, and we’re doing it responsibly by not allowing any spectators (at the rodeo), but we have an opportunity to bring it on TV with support from the PRCA and The Cowboy Channel. We felt this is was a way to give the public something to entertain them and keep our tradition alive.

Harold’s will be able to hold about 300 people, including the patio. Normally, the place would be at full capacity at 800.

“We have been doing things as responsible as we can, and that includes social distancing tables,” Piacquadio said.

Harold’s, in conjunction with the Cave Creek Unified School District and the Foothills Food Bank in Cave Creek, has also donated more than 3,000 meals to the region. There are another 4,000 donated meals planned, Piacquadio said.

“We did it twofold – our community needed it and we wanted keep our people busy and keep as many people employed as we can,” he said. “Then it morphed into for every family-style meal that our community purchased we donated another five meals to those organizations in need.”

The Buffalo Chip is expected to hold a capacity of about 2,000, showing the rodeo on 17 screens. It will also have two live Western bands.

“Help us provide a safe, comfortable and fun event for this year’s rodeo, which is televised only by RFD and The Cowboy Channel,” read a press release from the Buffalo Chip.

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