Like the legend it’s named for, Lost Dutchman Days has survived more than five decades in the hearts of those who live, work and play at the base of the mighty Superstition Mountains.
Folks fascinated by the Old West—from Boston to Bakersfield—will dust off their Stetsons, polish their Tony Lamas, pour into their Wranglers and head to Apache Junction’s Rodeo Grounds to see some of the action that still makes the West wild. See Kollenborn’s Chronicles for a history of the event.
The 2019 Lost Dutchman Days is a fun place to be for cowpokes of all ages. This 55th annual event includes three days of Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association sanctioned action, a free parade, arts fair and a carnival that features rides and attractions.
Lost Dutchman Days kicks off early with a Brat Party on Thursday, February 21 from noon to 8:00 p.m. The party is held at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349, Lost Dutchman Blvd. and Highway 88. This annual event includes a variety of bands throughout the day, Johnsonville brats and beverages. The Elks Lodge also hosts the Rodeo Dance on Friday evening, February 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Parade, held Saturday, February 23, is a community favorite and attracts thousands of spectators. It begins at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Apache Junction on Apache Trail, from Phelps Dr., west to Ironwood and then returns. The route allows viewers to line up on either side of Apache Trail.
The Rodeo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday begins at 1:30 p.m., at the Event Center and Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. at Tomahawk Rd.
Come for the carnival rides, vendor booths and the crowning of the Miss Lost Dutchman Days Pageant Queen and Junior and Senior Teen Queens.
Event Center admission is $2.00 and includes free parking only. Rodeo and carnival tickets are available for purchase in advance at the Chamber of Commerce and Crazy Horse Saddle Shop in Apache Junction. Tickets can also be purchased at entrance to the Event Center and at the entrance to the rodeo grandstands.
Don’t miss the Apache Junction Soroptimist Arts & Crafts Fair held at the Pinal County Complex, 575 N. Idaho Rd., in Apache Junction. The Arts & Crafts Fair is a one day event on Saturday, Feb. 23. Come see the artists and craftsmen display their fine workmanship.
The Lost Dutchman Days Committee partners with many local youth-serving organizations and sponsors to entertain the entire family, “putting smiles on kid’s faces,” and gives back to the community. Profits from this event are donated to youth organizations and other youth-serving programs in the Apache Junction community.
Lost Dutchman Days is presented through an IRS 501(c)(3), non-profit partnership between the Superstition Mountain Promotional Corporation and the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers.