2016 Scottsdale Western Cookout Adventure set for March 5

Photo by Susan Byrd

Photo by Susan Byrd

MacDonald’s Ranch, 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, in north Scottsdale will be alive with family fun, food, wildlife, reptiles, drumming, live entertainment, and western games for folks of all ages on March 5.

Relax and step back in time at the 1,300 acre ranch in the scenic, saguaro-studded Sonoran Desert. The event benefits the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive and the local environment and is sponsored by Greater Pinnacle Peak Association-Friends of the Scenic Drive and hosted by MacDonald’s Ranch, according to a press release.

Roam the cookout site, in a western “town,” and visit adventure Stations including a train ride, Sonoran wildlife, reptiles, petting zoo, pet adoption, drum circle facilitated by AZ Rhythm Connection, stage coach ride, silent auction bargains, raffles, local history and libraries.

Enjoy a tribute to Scottsdale’s Old West watering holes, e.g. Greasewood Flat and Pinnacle Peak Patio, with musician Geoff Conklin, “Big Marv,” and others.

Watch a rescued owl’s flight to freedom, and enjoy your choice of good eats: pulled pork sandwich, burger, hot dog, or fried chicken with side dishes, soft drinks and water, beer and wine available. Kid’s menu includes hamburgers/cheeseburgers, hot dog, or fried chicken tenders. Watch children roast S’mores on the bonfires, and hold your breath as raffle and Necktie Cutting Drawing winners are picked.

Advance tickets prices, until Feb. 27: adult is $38; senior/military is $36; children are $24. Stagecoach rides are $8 for adults; $5 for children (limited availability). Beer & wine available.

For more information visit www.gppaaz.org or call 480-361-6498.

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