Clear off your calendar, it's Gilbert Days

Gilbert Days Parade
The 2019 Gilbert Days Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, down Gilbert Road.

The 2019 Gilbert Days Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, down Gilbert Road.

The town's biggest event each is Gilbert Days, the celebration of all things Gilbert. That weekend has arrived. Here are the scheduled events.

Nov. 22-24

Rodeo and Lil Dudes Rodeo


This rodeo has been a staple of the Gilbert Days celebration. It includes the Lil Dudes Mutton Bustin’ event for children ages 4-7 weighing less than 55 pounds, in which kids will ride a sheep bareback. Those interested can sign up for the Lil Dudes Rodeo on Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m.; competitions will start one hour after signups begin on all three days. $20 (per ride). Gilbert Days Rodeo: Free (military with ID), $12 (children 7-15 and seniors 55-plus), $18 (adults 16-55). Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. John Volken Academy Ranch, 26601 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. https://gilbertdays.org

Nov. 23


Half-Marathon and 10K


Shun the Sun Foundation puts on this event as part of the Arizona Half and Full Marathon Series. The half-marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. at Higley High School, with the 10K runners joining them at 9 a.m. at Nichols Park. The participants will end their run alongside the Gilbert Days Parade down Gilbert Road. This year, a race expo with 30 health and fitness vendors has been added to the finish line. $95 (half-marathon). Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. $50 (10K). Nichols Park,

700 N. Higley Road, Gilbert. http://gilberthalfmarathon.org

Nov. 23

Parade


The parade down Gilbert Road through the Heritage District features floats and marchers from local schools, nonprofits, businesses and interest groups. 8:30 a.m. Free. 480-503-6200. www.gilbertaz.gov
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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