Fiesta Days, blue flags2009 Fiesta Days Parade

April 8, 2009

Equine Paradise in Cave Creek

Saturday morning those of us who love horses were in paradise – everywhere along Cave Creek Road. The equine community from the entire area was out in full
force for the annual Fiesta Days Parade.
Fiesta Days Bison Ranch Arizona horses and horse lovers of all ages and sizes were strutting their stuff for the appreciative crowd along the parade route.

Fiesta DAys Saddle ClubPhotos:
Top: American Legion Post 34 Color Guard

Above: Bison Ranch with Mayor Vince Francia and Councilman Ernie Bunch

Right: Scottsdale Saddle Club

Photos by Curtis Riggs

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy ‘Focus on Conservation Photo’ Contest April 1 – April 30

Contest entry form available online at

SCOTTSDALE – More than 40 winners in the 2009 McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) Focus on Conservation Photo Contest will be selected for publication in MSC’s inaugural exhibit catalog and will see their photographs displayed in Scottsdale throughout the year. The contest only accepts photos taken from April 1 through April 30, 2009 within the Preserve; the deadline for entries is May 15, 2009 at 5 p.m.. Winners will be announced June 1, 2009.

A jury panel will judge the photos on technical merit and their illustration of the rich biodiversity and unique nature of the Preserve. The three top images will be recognized with a monetary prize (grand prize: $500, second place: $250, and third place: $100). Twelve additional images will receive top honors: the best photographs in each of four topic categories will be selected and each category will offer three divisions (advanced, amateur, and youth). The four topic categories are geology, plants and/or animals, human impacts, and recreation. Finally, awards of excellence will be presented to all photographers whose images are selected for inclusion in the printed exhibit catalog.

Photographers are invited to a public “Photo hike” on April 19 for an introduction to the Preserve. Every weekend in April, MSC will offer free, guided hikes for the public both Saturday and Sunday.

There is no cost to enter the contest. Entrants simply complete the entry form, sign it, attach it to the print and deliver it in an envelope with your name clearly printed on the outside. Prints must be accompanied by an online submission of a digital copy at 200 dpi. MSC will mount some entries for public presentation. Prints will not be returned. McDowell Sonoran Conservancy reserves the right to use all photos for any purpose. Photo credit will be provided for each image use.

Submit entries to MSC offices at 16435 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85254. Contest entry form available online at

About McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
Since its founding in 1990, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has championed the need for, establishment of, and safe public access to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Conservancy works with the City of Scottsdale to: ensure completion, management and public appreciation of the Preserve; educate residents and visitors about the Preserve’s environmental and archaeological significance; ensure the public has appropriate access to the land they have repeatedly voted to protect. To learn more visit