Schedule of Events

Charity Golf Tournament

January 30th, 2016

Sponsored by the Lost Dutchman Days Committee, Apache Creek Golf Course, located at 3401 South Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, will be hosting this one day GOLF event. $65 entry per person includes golf, golf cart and lunch. Sign-in starts at 7:00 A.M., shotgun start at 8:00 A.M. This charity event benefits local youth charities in Apache Junction. For more information call Tom Kain (602) 723-9802 or Hux Russell (480) 250-2628.

View our Golf Tournament flyer for more information.

Lost Dutchman Days Annual Bratwurst & Beer Party

February 25th, 2016

Join us from 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349 for everyone's favorite- Johnsonville Bratwursts, drinks and live entertainment. All proceeds benefiting local youth charities. So don't miss the FREE entertainment.

Entertainment includes the following bands and show times:

12:00 - 2:00 P.M. - Hungry 5 Plus Polka
  2:30 - 4:30 P.M. - John Filipczak & The Classics Polka
  5:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Exit 40 Band

Rodeo Dance

February 27th, 2016

The Rodeo Dance will be held from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM at the Elks Lodge 2349 at the corner of Lost Dutchman (Brown Road) and Highway 88. This is the place to be on Saturday night on rodeo weekend - Entertainment by the Rage-N-River Band from 7 P.M. - 11 P.M. This is a non-smoking event! MUST BE 21 years of age to attend. Dance admission is $5.00.

The Main Event Center

February 26th, 27th & 28th 2016

$2.00 admission includes free parking only. A donation will be made by the Lost Dutchman Days Committee to the Apache Junction Little League for their assistance.

The Main Event Center is located on 1590 E Lost Dutchman Blvd & Tomahawk Road at Rodeo Park in Apache Junction. This is where all the activities will be held including: FREE Entertainment Stages, Carnival rides, Vendor Booths, Rodeo, and the Crowning of the Miss Lost Dutchman Days Pageant Queen. Additional charges apply for the games and rides in the carnival area, purchases from the vendors, Rodeo & Rodeo Dance held at Elks Lodge #2349 .

The Gates open at 9:00 A.M. thru 11:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 A.M. thru 6:00 P.M. on Sunday.
Select here for map and driving directions.

Lost Dutchman Days GCPRA Sanctioned Rodeo

February 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th 2016

The 52nd Annual Lost Dutchman Days GCPRA Sanctioned Rodeo begins at 1:30 P.M. each day in the Rodeo Park in Apache Junction. Rodeo events include Bull riding, Saddlebronc, Bareback, Calf & Team Roping, Steer Wrestling and Ladies Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping.

For more information regarding entry fees, dates and times, click here - Rodeo Information.

Lost Dutchman Days is happy to announce that we will be having Mutton Busting again this year! We will have room for thirty entries, and it will be first come first serve. The riding will be held after the rodeo performance on Sunday the 28th. We will announce further information the day of. There will be an age/weight limit that will be determined by the stock contractor. It will be ten dollars a ride with a buckle for the best ride! Can't wait to see all of our young riders out there!"

See 2016 Rodeo Results Here.

Kiesner The 52nd Annual Lost Dutchman Days professional rodeo would like to welcome this year's specialty act, Rider Kiesner.
  • Champion Trick Roper
  • Gun Spinner
  • Whip Cracker

Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Pageant

Thank you very much, for your interest in the 2016 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Pageant. Our Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Committee has been working all year to make this year the best Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Pageant yet.

Applications for 2016 are due by January 2nd, 2016. A mandatory pageant meeting will be held on this day at the Elks Lodge in AJ at 11 AM. The Pageant will be held Saturday January 9th 2016.

For further information and application packet, click here.

Mission: "Putting Smiles on Kid's Faces." As Rodeo Royalty we wish to represent our community and uphold our western heritage, add to educational programs, awareness workshops, and public relations that are vital to the future existence of the sport of rodeo. Our Royalty will serve as "good will" ambassadors while traveling through out our beautiful state of Arizona to support the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo and the rodeo mission.

The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Pageant is held annually to select 3 young ladies fulfilling the titles of:
  • Jr. Teen Queen Ages 10 - 13
  • Sr. Teen Queen Ages 14 - 17
  • Queen Ages 18 - 24
Any questions can be directed to Monica Robbins, the LDD Rodeo Royalty Director at 480-204-7913 or via email:

Congratulations to our 2016 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty! From left to right, President and Rodeo Chairman, Denny Walter, 2016 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Queen Brigitte Kennison, 2016 Lost Dutchman Days Jr. Teen Queen, Rylee Anforth, and 2016 Lost Dutchman Days Sr. Teen Queen, Audra Gardner.

2015 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Court

Carnival Events

February 26th, 27th, 28th 2016

Lost Dutchman Days Carnival features 30 + rides and carnival events located in the Event Center. Carnival runs from 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday. 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. on Sunday.

View our Carnival Flyer for further information.


February 27th, 2016

The Lost Dutchman Days Parade is a free event. It begins at 9:00 A.M. in downtown Apache Junction. Route: On Apache Trail, between Idaho and Ironwood -  begins at Phelps, just west of Idaho and goes west to Ironwood and returns. This parade allows viewers to see and line up on either side of the route.

All Applications must be in our office no later than February 12th, 2016. Application fee is $50 for Non-Profit/Individual and $125 for commercial or political. Select 2016 Lost Dutchman Days Parade for online application. For further information on the LDD Parade contact us at (480) 982-3141.

Lost Dutchman Days Arts & Crafts Fair

February 27th, 2016

Apache Junction Soroptimist Arts & Crafts Fair held at the Pinal County Complex is a one day only event on Saturday, between the hours of 9:00 A. M. thru 4:00 P.M. Come join us to see the artists and crafter's display their fine workmanship.

If interested in setting up a booth, down load your online Art & Crafts Application or call (480) 745-5820. Booth fees are $60.00. Deadline for Applications must be submitted no later than February 23, 2016.

View Arts and Crafts Flyer for further information.

BLM Mustang Adoption Program

February 26th, 27th & 28th 2016

"The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Committee is happy to welcome back the BLM Mustang Adoption Program. This is your chance to adopt a part of our western heritage and give a second chance to a mustang or burro in need of a loving home. This has been such a great program for Lost Dutchman Days and the community, it's also a great opportunity to come out and watch some training clinics and possibly adopt your next four-legged friend!

We will have saddle trained horses and burros trained by inmates at Arizona Department of Corrections (Florence Prison). The horses are trained with a solid foundation for trail riding or to be taken to the next level for performance. The burros are trained to pull a cart, carry pack and saddle trained. The adoption will also feature untrained horses and burros.

For more information on the BLM Wild Horses and Burro Program, please follow the link:"

Viewing from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Colt starting demonstrations/clinics
Horse training demonstrations/clinics

Viewing from 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Adoption from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Colt starting demonstrations/clinics
Horse training demonstrations/clinics

Final pick up of animals
Horse training demonstrations/clinics

Cowgirls Historical Foundation

Galloping with Gusto and Saddled Up for Service is the Cowgirls Historical Foundation! This talented group of riders has earned many accolades and awards; both as a team and individual riders. They have had the honor of being selected to ride in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade for the past 4 years. Donating hundreds of hours to community service and charity events; they reach out to share their time and talents. Working to preserve our western heritage, they present a fun educational program and "Wearing It Western" fashion show. The Cowgirls Historical Foundation loves the sport of Rodeo! Many of their riders have enjoyed the privilege of serving as Rodeo Royalty for rodeos across Arizona and the country. The CHF Drill team has performed at L.A.'s Equestfest and many rodeos.

Cowgirls Historical Foundation will be performing their special drills for the Rodeo and also set the pivots for the Grand Entry at each Rodeo performance.

Happy Trails and "May the Horse Be With You" from the Cowgirls Historical Foundation!

Kick-Off Dinner

January 21st, 2016

LDD Honorary Dutchman/Kick-off dinner will be held TBD. at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349. $15.00 dinner includes chicken breast or hamburgers with ranch beans and coleslaw. RSVP by Contacting Jane Walter at or 602.625.5214 before January 16, with your dinner choice. We will also be introducing queens, new honorary Dutchman and heritage award. This is a NON SMOKING EVENT.

2016 Awards

The New Honorary Dutchman Award
Debbie Russell

The New Heritage Award
Tom Kain and the Elks Lodge 2349

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