Roundup & Open House


Make your plans today to join us at the Historic Empire Ranch for the 2014 Roundup & Open House on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.   

See YOU at the Ranch!


The Roundup & Open House on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 will showcase the Empire Ranch in all its glory — past, present & future! We expect approximately 2500 people to come to enjoy presentations and demonstrations to engage children and adults in the history and lore of the Old West. Throughout the day attendees will re-live cowboy traditions, watch exciting arena events featuring roping and riding, western skill demonstrations, “Cowboy Conversations,”  kid’s corral, Western music, Western authors arena, food, auctions, and raffles. The Roundup & Open House provides a day long Western experience at the Historic Empire Ranch.

We need your help! Volunteer for the day or consider signing up for set up or take-down. PLEASE contact Ali Boelts ERF Admin at for information about the event or available volunteer opportunities.

The Roundup is a community effort. Your support of this authentic event is greatly appreciated.  Click here to learn about being a Sponsor, Auction Donor, or Volunteer. 



  • Military Riding, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mem.)
  • Tombstone Ghost Riders/Cowboy Mounted Shooters
  • Ranch Roping & Cattle Handling – Joel Eliot, Brian Baldwin & Deanna Welsh
  • Jabez Ranch Horsemanship DemoBruce Norton
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch Rehabilitation DemoSteve Boice


  • Brickmaking with AdobeChris Schrager, Bureau of Land Management
  • Basics of BlacksmithingCasey Abbs
  • Branding Irons – Bill Schock
  • Farrier’s Work of Shoeing HorsesJohn Russell
  • Guns of the Old West – John R. Larkin
  • Lessons of Leather CarvingBen Claridge
  • Make Your Own Reata – Dick Schorr
  • Mule Packing for the Back Country – Lyman Family
  • Ranching ToolsDean Fish
  • Stories of Saddle MakingLynne London & Kevin Berry
  • Weaving Horsehair RopeJesús García


  • History of Cordage & Horsehair Ropemaking – Jesús García
  • Living History of Buffalo Bill – Dane Johnson
  • Stuntmen Behind & In Front of the Camera – Rodd Woolf, Bunker de France
  • Tales of Lawman Jeff Milton – John R. Larkin
  • Growing Up on the Empire – Steve Boice
  • Vail Family Vignettes – Susan Vail Hoffman
  • Walter Vail: the Man Who Started it All Van Fowers
  • Working Empire Ranch Cowboy (1940’s) – Gerald Korte


  • The Bill Ganz Western Band 
  • Janice Deardorff, Western singer/songwriter


  • Arbuckles’ Cowboy Coffee with cowboy actor Don Collier
  • Barbeque & Fixins served by the Elgin/Sonoita Cowbelles
  • Cowboy Life Exhibit
  • Historic Wagons, Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum
  • Home-made Dutch Oven Cobbler -Tom & Cheryl Rogos
  • Kid’s Corral –  Local 4 H Clubs
  • Miniature Horses – S & N Ranch
  • Non-profit Partners
  • Tortilla Making – Lydia Martinez
  • Territorial Kitchen -Vail Preservation Society
  • Western Authors
  • Western Re-enactors -Arizona Ghostriders
  • Western Games, Stick Horse Decorating, Letterboxing, Nature Journaling & more!

Directions from Tucson

Take I-10 east; take exit 281 onto Scenic Highway 83 south toward Sonoita; go 18 miles to just past milepost 40. Turn left at the “Empire Ranch Historic Site” sign. Driving instructions with map.