Williams will have something for everybody this Labor Day weekend, including a parade, rodeo and running event.
The Williams Labor Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The theme for this year's parade is "Working Together for a Stronger Community." The parade proceeds east on Route 66 to Pine Street.
"It's kind of our final holiday for the season before we get into the winter season, and so it's kind of the last official family weekend of the season," said Chamber event coordinator Josie Bustillos. "So it's a good day to get the kids out and enjoy the end of our summer."
All are welcome to participate in the parade, by walking in it, driving in it, or creating a float. Those interested in being in the parade should stop by the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce for an application or call Bustillos at (928) 635-0273, ext. 210.
The Williams Labor Day Rodeo will take place Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at the rodeo grounds on Rodeo Road. Participants will come from Arizona, California and New Mexico. The Women's Professional Rodeo Association will co-sanction the event.
Rodeos have been a part of the Williams community since 1941, said organizer Carol Glassburn.
"It wouldn't be Labor Day without the Williams Labor Day rodeo," she said.
The rodeo will feature both saddle bronc riding and ranch bronc riding, in which the riders do not use a saddle. The rodeo will also feature roping events, barrel racing, and bull riding.
Kids can get involved in the rodeo in the calf scramble, said organizer Scott McDaniel.
"The calves are loose in the arena and all the kids line up, whether it's 20 of them or 200 of them, they line up and when they say go they run off down to the calves and they've just got to grab the ribbon off their tail," McDaniel said. Winners will receive a prize.
McDaniel said this rodeo belongs to the community, and he hopes people will come out and support it.
"It's a great time, family entertainment, and it is unrehearsed," he said.
Glassburn agreed, saying organizer are trying to keep the rodeo alive in Williams.
"We encourage everybody to come out, enjoy the cool weather up here and meet some of the cowboys and just have a good time," she said.
Admission to the rodeo is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and younger. Only cash will be accepted.
More information about the rodeo is available from McDaniel at (520) 403-3309.
Mountain Man Run
The Williams Lions Club is putting on its third Mountain Man Run Monday. The run includes a 10K, 5K and 2-mile event. The events will start and end at the stage in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot, 200 W. Railroad Ave.
The Mountain Man running events benefit vision and hearing services in the Williams community, said Lions Club President Patty Williams.
"With the economy the way it is too, fewer and fewer people can afford eyeglasses," Williams said.
The 10K starts at 7:30 a.m. and costs $35 for adults (ages 18 and older) and $15 for youth. The 5K starts at 7:35 a.m. and costs $25 for adults and $15 for youth. The 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 7:45 a.m. and costs $15.
Williams hopes more people will participate in the race each year.
"It's fun, it's healthy, we live in a beautiful town, and it will help other people in the community," she said.
More information and registration is available at http://www.virtualroster.com/index.cfm?action=dspClientHome&clientid=100&showBanner=1.