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  • Cowgirls, crafts part of Canoa Ranch Heritage Fair March 4

    Feb 22, 2017 | Read More News
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    The spring Heritage Fair at Historic Canoa Ranch pays tribute to the Green Valley ranch’s storied past, featuring everything from rope-a-steer activities to a rodeo cowgirl exhibit. It all takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, sponsored by Heritage Fair shopperPima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. The event is free and open to the public. 

    Volunteer docents will be stationed at the various exhibits and buildings to share the rich history of the ranch as guests tour the ranch on their own. Two permanent exhibits feature Mexicano Vaquero families who lives and worked at the ranch and an Anza Family exhibit paying tribute to Spanish Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza who led a 240-person expedition through Canoa Ranch on the way to San Francisco.

    Vendors selling antiques, collectibles, local produce and various arts and crafts will participate in the event. Ballet folklorico dancers will perform throughout the day (beginning at 10 a.m.) and the National Native American Co-Operative in Tucson will sell turquoise jewelry, offer basket weaving demonstrations, and showcase a flute player. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

    The fair also will be the last opportunity for visitors to view a special exhibit highlighting the life and achievements of rodeo and exhibition show cowgirls from 1900 through the 1930s. The display includes cowgirl skirts, bronc belts, hats, cuffs, spurs and riding boots. Photographs of the cowgirls in action and posing for publicity shots along with original paintings put the items in context.

    A $10 donation to view the exhibit is requested.

    The park is named for Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, who was raised at the ranch and championed its preservation. Canoa Ranch was preserved by Pima County as a 4,800- acre remnant of the original 1821 San Ignacio de la Canoa Spanish land grant that covered 17,000 acres and much of what is now Green Valley and Sahuarita. 

    The ranch is located at 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, exit 56 off of Interstate 19.

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