Camp Verde’s central location, along with a temperate year-around climate, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities and a bucolic setting on the banks of the Verde River, make it one of Arizona’s premier tourism destinations. Less than an hour from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson, Camp Verde and the surrounding Verde Valley offers numerous venues for visitors, be your interest in history and cultural heritage, boating, hiking, biking, wine tasting or just taking in the landscape. Add to that mix the Out of Africa Wild Animal Park and Cliff Castle Casino and you can begin to see why Camp Verde caters to all ages and every taste.
23rd Annual Cornfest – Camp Verde, AZ
Friday July 18 and Saturday July 19
Corner of Hollamon Street and Main Street in downtown
For the last 23 years the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms. But the Cornfest has always been much more than that. It is a celebration of summer, a celebration of Camp Verde’s rich agricultural history and a celebration of what makes life in a small town so special.
Festivities will take place in downtown Camp Verde from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday July 18 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday July 19. There will be plenty of fire roasted, hot buttered (if you choose) sweet corn to gnaw on, bags of corn to stock up the fridge at home and a long list of generally corny activities for family and friends.
On the list of corny things are hot air balloon rides (Saturday, weather permitting), a craft fair inside the gymnasium, vendors of all kinds, food, live music, a beer garden and lots of games and contest for kids of all ages.
Among the competitive events this year will be the annual Corn Hole contest (singles and doubles) Friday evening, with cash prizes for the winners, and vintage base ball (old fashioned spelling) games at Fort Verde State Historical Park at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Speaking of Fort Verde, the Park will offer free admission throughout the event.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center will host free presentations on Hopi corn farming on Saturday at the Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will also be two free Verde River birding excursions, one at 6 a.m. and the other at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Please call 480-242-1996 to register for a birding excursion.
Mention the Cornfest while you are making plans and you will receive discounts at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Camp Verde Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Arizona Offroad Tours and Verde River Adventures. Visit www.campverdepromotions.org for more information or call 928-301-0922.
Camp Verde Visitor Center
The Camp Verde Visitor Center is located at 435 S. Main Street, in the same building as the Camp Verde Historical Society Museum, a few paces down the street from the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and around the corner from Fort Verde State Historic Park. Stop in for a taste of the area’s rich past, some friendly advice on how to make your visit more enriching or a cool drink of water. We hope to see you there. If not give us a call at (928) 554-0851 and we will be glad to point you in the right direction.
Bones of a Mastodon were found in the Verde Valley and are considered by most archaeologists to be the indicator artifact of America’s earliest human habitants. To view more curiosites, click here.
By proclamation of the governor and a determination from the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors, Camp Verde was declared the municipality closet to Arizona’s Center in 2012. The Town of Camp Verde erected a monument at Rezzonico Park that same year. For those looking to find the official center, as determined by APLS, it is located near the confluence of the Verde River and East Verde River, about 15 miles SSE of Camp Verde in the rugged Mazatzal Wilderness Area. The coordinates for the official geographic center are:
|34° 16” 31.1” N
111° 39’ 36.8” W
Click the logo to visit the Town of Camp Verde’s website.