Wisdom of Crowds: Bull Weight Winner

Ron Noble, Roberto Sanchez and Eric Jones

Ron Noble, Roberto Sanchez and Eric Jones

By: Lara Serbin, Buckeye Main Street Coalition

A bull waited in a pen by the Buckeye Rotary Beer Saloon, a dog sat in the dusty shade under a table surrounded by rodeo fans having a few cold ones waiting for Buckeye Days Senior Pro Rodeo to start at 3PM last January 30th, 2016. What makes a crowd guess the weight of a bull? Some say if you ask enough people the same question, they might come up with better answers than even the butcher. Waiting for the winner to collect $500.00 winnings at Jones Ford on Yuma Road just South of Interstate 10, Ron Noble President of Buckeye Main Street Coalition reflected, “I think this is the most entries we’ve ever had.  The crowds were great at the Helzapoppin’ Arena.” The closest guess without going over went to Roberto Sanchez from Goodyear, Arizona who just moved from Mexico 6 months ago.  Sanchez said he went to the Senior Pro Rodeo because, “My wife heard about it from somewhere!”

Buckeye Days Steak Dinner and Auction

As deep stretched shadows crept into the night and the last ferocious bull returned to the chute, Dan Fowley the announcer of the Buckeye Days Senior Pro Rodeo belted out in his animated throaty style that it’s time for steak dinner and auction! Stands were packed to the brim last Saturday January 30th  at the Helzapoppin’ Arena on Miller Road in Downtown Historic Buckeye, Arizona which meant tons of hungry rodeo fans lining up for steak dinner at about 5 o’clock.  Marlyn Gregerson a retired Arizona Machinery employee, Sam Rose and Jay Sylvester of Buckeye Valley Fire District cooked thick cut steaks supplied by Butcher and Farmer Market over open fire.  This year like previous years the dinner and auction took place in the northwest corner edge of the Helzapoppin’ Arena, tables were arranged on a new concrete slab provided by the City of Buckeye. Displayed alongside the open air dining were about 130 auction items that rodeo fans could sum up while waiting for steaks to be grilled.

Auction Items at the Steak Dinner

Auction Items at the Steak Dinner

Steak Dinner at Sunset Buckeye Days 2016

Steak Dinner at Sunset Buckeye Days 2016

The Buckeye Days Auction is a fundraiser that benefits the Buckeye Rotary and Lions Clubs. Every dollar goes back to the community towards Buckeye Union High School District college scholarships. Items get donated by local businesses like Micaela Meraz who donated a piñata from the Carniceria Y Taqueria Durango.

Rachel Moses, hand-built bar for Auction

Rachel Moses, hand-built bar for Auction

Micaela Meraz with her piñata for the Auction

Micaela Meraz with her piñata for the Auction

Items such as artwork, collectibles, your brother’s bowie knife, power tools, tickets to local sporting events, gift baskets, and so much more were all donated.  Buckeye Days Auction also showcases local talent like Rachel Moses who built a bar made from reclaimed wood crates, redwood and corrugated metal. If you want to be entertained, come to next year’s Buckeye Days Steak Dinner Auction and feel good about items you purchase to help our kids go to higher education and have fun while you’re doing it!  By: Lara Serbin, Buckeye Main Street Coalition Like us on Facebook: Buckeye Main Street Coalition Follow us on Instagram: BUCKEYE_MAINSTREET