Billy Moore Days 2017 to feature Four Days of good ‘ole nostalgic fun, with Parade, Carnival and Concerts
When you ask most longtime Avondale residents about their memories growing up here, many will inevitably mention Billy Moore Days, a tradition named for Avondale’s founder, and celebrated for more than five decades in Avondale. Billy Moore Days 2017 will take place in Historic Avondale October 26 – 29, 2017.
Who was Billy Moore, you ask? William “Billy” Moore came to Arizona in l867. He eventually made his way to the west banks of the Agua Fria River and established a stage coach station. He added a general store and became the postmaster of the settlement he named Coldwater, which eventually became Avondale in 1946. Billy Moore Days began as an opportunity for Avondale and surrounding communities to celebrate the area’s history, and it was a beloved hometown tradition that lasted 55 years. During the downturn of the economy, the event took a hiatus in 2008. Avondale’s City Council, with community input, voted to revive the festival again in 2016, as part of Avondale’s slate of special events. The city invites all to come and enjoy the fun during the second year return of this popular event.
Carnival Rides (Thursday through Sunday, October 26 -29)
Deconcini Park will host carnival rides, games and fair foods, all four days. A variety of rides will be available. Cost for individual tickets are $1.50, or ride with an unlimited wristband for $25 per day. Festival hours are Thursday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Deconcini Park is located at 351 E. Western Avenue, Avondale, AZ 85323.
Festival (Friday & Saturday, October 27-28)
Family fun festival activities are held along Western Avenue between 3rd Street & 6th Street, on Friday and Saturday. Attractions includes vendors and crafters, games, and Wild West demonstrations, Buck’s Wild West Show, historical displays, a petting zoo, car show, contests including corn hole competitions, pie eating contests, sack races, yee-haw hollerin’ contests, Barrel Wars, costume contests, an all-night Kickball tournament (Festival Fields Park) and much more. Food Trucks and an on-street saloon will appease your thirst or hunger. Local and high profile concert performances take place on two different stages, to include headliner acts such as local valley favorite, Chuck E. Baby & the All Stars and national renown recording country music artist Ashley Wineland. Festival Hours are Friday 6 to 11 p.m. , and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.
Parade (Saturday, October 28)
Floats, balloons, horses, bands and entertainers are will be ready to march down the parade route on Saturday, starting at 10:30 am. The parade is open to all types of entries this year – from marching bands and floats to interesting vehicles and animal entries. The route begins at Litchfield and Western Avenue, travels east on Western to Central Avenue where it turns north and ends at First Southern Baptist Church at La Canada Blvd. Billy Moore Days Parade fee for participation is $25 and the registration deadline is October 18, 2017. Parade entry applications can be found at http://www.billymooredays.com.
For more information, directions/parking details, performance schedules and ways to get involved are all provided on the event website, http://www.billymooredays.com , or call City of Avondale at 623-333-2400. Follow the event festivities and information on Facebook.
Billy Moore Days is produced by City of Avondale and GooseBump Marketing & Events; sponsored in part by Desert Diamond, PetSmart Charities. Crescent Crown, Mikes Hard Lemonade, Boot Barn, APS, Avenidas Funeral Chapel, Palm Valley Dentistry, SRP, West Valley Pediatrics, Whataburger, Southwest Valley Chamber, AtoZ Rentals.