INTERVIEW with DAVE ALFORD PARADA RODEO in SCOTTSDALE
The Parada Del Sol Rodeo and Parade have been going non-stop for 64 Years in Scottsdale Since 1956. This years Rodeo is March 9-12th, with four performances.
Now held at WestWorld, Parada keeps the tradition of Rodeo alive and well with Dave Alford at the helm. The Parade still winds it way thru Old Town Scottsdale's streets and is chock full of horses and cowboy/cowgirl entries showing that the Western Spirit & Tradition, is Alive and well in Scottsdale.
1 - DAVE, TELL US WHAT'S SPECIAL AT THIS YEARS RODEO?
-The Parada is special every year and this year is no exception. It is so special to the people that grew up here and come to Scottsdale Rodeo every year. Its special to the new fan as the fabulous WestWorld arena is state of the art and all seats are great. WE have the One Arm Bandit returning to Scottsdale this year and that act is the best there is in the rodeo business.
2 - THERE IS A NEW "LYFT" SPONSORSHIP THIS YEAR AND THEY HAVE MADE A GREAT OFFER TO THE PUBLIC THRU PARADA, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT?
-Lyft came to the rodeo last year and saw a need for their service. They will donate a portion the Parada charty. If you download the Lyft App, and enter in code "RODEO" you get a $50.00 credit automatically added to your account for FREE, just for being part of Parada.
3 - YOU HAVE SOME NEW SPONSORS AND SOME LONG STANDING ONES - LETS GIVE THEM A "SHOUT-OUT"
-Our sponsors are just phenomenal. We could not do the rodeo without them. Here is a just a portion of sponsors that have been with the rodeo for 40+ years Coors, Sabas Weestern Wear and the Handlebar J Restaurant in Scottsdale, as well as Wells Fargo Bank. Other sponsors that have been help for decades are the Bridle and Bit Newspaper, Los Olivos Restaurant, The City Of Scottsdale, Pendleton Whiskey, Cactus Ropes, Cowboy Lifestyle Network and Ram Trucks. Our sponsor that has really been a great partner is the Honor Health Virginia G Piper Cancer Center.
4 - HOW DO YOU KEEP PARADA HEALTHY & GOING STRONG AFTER ALL THIS TIME?
-It is the passion and love of Scottsdale Rodeo by the volunteers. That is 100 percent the success of Parada, our volunteers!!
5 - YOU ARE SHARING THE WESTWORLD FACILITY WITH SUN CIRCUIT THIS YEAR, THAT IS A CHALLENGE - WILL THAT EFFECT THE SHOW?
-We are excited to share the facility with such a great event and great management team. The challenges will be that there is so many moving parts, stock, roping steers, bulls and bucking horses. We are very confident that we will have no issue and the cowboys, exhibitors and the fans will not have any problem. I suggest come early !!
6 - HOW MANY COWBOYS & COWGIRLS COME TO COMPETE AND WHAT IS THE PRIZE MONEY?
-Last year we had 700 + contestants with over $100,000 in payout
7 - HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DONATING YOUR TIME AND ENERGY TO PARADA?
-HA, I cant remember back that far, my hair wasn’t gray, I rode in Parada in the 1970 Parade, but have been on the committee for 35 years.
8 - TELL FOLKS WHY THEY SHOULD MARK THE CALENDAR AND GET TO THE RODEO THIS YEAR?
-There is not a bad seat in the house, the best stock and top cowboy's and cowgirl's will be there. You will be entertained for every second of the Rodeo and there is a FREE band to dance to after the rodeo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. And the famous Handlebar J will host the official dance an Saturday night.
9 - WHAT KEEPS THE PARADA DEL SOL PARADE AND RODEO ON THE MAP?
10 - LAST WORDS?
- Go to our website and buy your tickets NOW, they are going to SELL-OUT FAST!!!!
Paradadelsol.net for tickets
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