Kids N' Kritters (was Family Rodeo) is intended to give kids ages 3-11 the chance to have western themed fun, with as much direct animal participation as they (and their parents) are comfortable with.

·         New Name!  Same great fun!

·         Over $2,500 in prizes! 

·         Free to enter!

·         New Mutton Bustin’ chute! 

·         New activity for older kiddos!

Kids N’ Kritters is a Saturday morning event at Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek.  Your children ages 3-11 will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with animals, and compete for incredible prizes – and entry for all kiddos is FREE!  A big shout out to the Kids N’ Kritters sponsor, Pet Club, who donated over $2,000 in prizes, including cash for our Dash-For-Cash event and buckles for our newest event, Poultry Sorting!

Formerly known as “Family Rodeo”, this event was winner of the APS AzTec award for Best Family Event in 2017.  Our ag related activities are designed to allow youth to participate in a variety of activities depending on child age and comfort level.  The little buckaroos will even get a back number just like the Pro Rodeo Cowboys and Cowgirls!  Livestock experience is NOT required – just come along and join the fun!

Worried about the weather?  No problem!  All activities are held under the Covered Arena so Kids N’ Kritters is held Rain or Shine!

Organized by the Queen Creek High School FFA program, this event is a crowd pleaser!  Be sure to invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to come along and watch the fun!  For older family members and friends,  check out the Ranch Dressing and Xtreme Teen Rodeo competitions also held on Saturday at Roots N’ Boots.

Know Before You Go *

·         Under the Covered Arena (Arena 1)

·         $5 Parking fee per vehicle

·         7:30-8:45am       Registration (Northeast corner of covered arena)

·         9:00-10:30am     Late Registration (Northeast corner of covered arena)

·         9:00-Noon*        Activities are open!

A release of liability will need to be signed by the parent or guardian of each participant.  To save time the morning of the event, it is suggested you print and complete your forms ahead of time  (Forms are available here for printing.) and bring them with you.  You may also complete the forms at the event, but remember a parent or guardian will need to be present to sign the release.  If you are participating in Mutton Bustin’, you will need to complete and sign TWO release forms.     

Participants will be provided with equipment and items needed to participate in the event, including a helmet and vest for Mutton Bustin’.   Closed toed shoes are recommended.  Kids may bring their own ropes for the Learn To Rope or gloves for Mutton Bustin’.

*The welfare of the animals is important to us.  Please note times for animal activities may be changed due to weather or animal safety.  Poultry Sorting is scheduled from 9:00-11:30 with awards scheduled for 11:45am.  Any activity involving animals will close for 10-15 minutes each hour to give the animals a short break.

Want to see the fun? Check out videos of past Kids N’ Kritters events here.

General Information *

  • Kids will participate in activities based on their age division
  • Not all activities are available for all ages – read on for information on each activity
  • During each hour, age groups will be rotated so that you and your family can participate in activities of your choosing! Need to take a short break?  No problem, when you are ready, you can head on back and “jump in” when your child’s age group is called again.  Just be sure to watch the time!
  • How will you know where to go for your kiddo? Our announcer will tell you what activities are happening for each age division, and the Queen Creek FFA members will also be on hand to direct you!
  • So that every child has an opportunity to compete, we respectfully request that your child participate only once in each activity
  • Many LUCKY EXHIBITOR prizes this year! Listen for your child’s name and number – if announced you will have 15 minutes to get to the announcer stand to pick up their prize!
  • We have late registration this year – however it is recommended that you arrive as early as possible in order for your children to compete in all the Kids N’ Kritters activities!
  • Please, no requests for siblings or friends to participate together unless they are in the same age division.

Events *

Mutton Bustin’:  Ages 3-8; weight limit 55 pounds

If you haven’t seen this before – you need to!  Our youngest buckaroos have the opportunity to ride a sheep! They are given a helmet with face guard and a vest, courtesy of Justin Boots, and then they are put to the test!  A sheep is put in a chute and then the child is placed on the sheep.  The gate opens and the child holds on tight to the sheep who runs out of the chute!  Kiddos who hang onto the sheep (by themselves) for eight seconds win a buckle donated by Justin Boots!  Other prizes include Justin bandanas, and Montana Silversmith patches.  This year, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek has a new Double Chute!  Each rider will still run by themselves, but with the double chute we will be able to load sheep and kiddos twice as fast – so less time for you to wait in line!  If you meet the age and weight limit, you can get in line at any time as each rider competes against the clock for the buckle! Note  to keep the sheep healthy, every hour we will give the sheep a 10-15 minute break.  The weight limit is for the safety of the animals.


Poultry Sorting:  Age Divisions 9, 10, 11 Years

You asked for an activity involving livestock for the older kiddos – and this is it!  Think you are good at herding cats?  Well let’s give poultry a shot!  The goal of this NEW event is to keep a certain amount of them away from the rest of their flock for a set amount of time.  Agility and focus will be your best skills in this fun event!  This activity will only be run until 11:30 – so head over to this station right away to get your name on the participant list!  This is a judged event, and all competitors will be invited back at 11:45 by the Announcers Stand to learn who wins!  The top two girls and top two boys from each age division will be recognized and win a FANTASTIC prize from Pet Club!  Then, one girl and one boy will be crowned as the Poultry Sorting Champion and win a Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Buckle!  Thank you Pet Club for making this new event happen!


Dash for Cash: Age Divisions 6-8 and 9-11 Years

Can YOU keep up?  Be sure to bring your running shoes!  This fun event includes chasing livestock to grab the prizes they “carry”!  These animals are quick though, and you’ll have to have fast hands to snatch those dollar bills and Chick Fil A Ice Dream coupons off of them!  You get to keep what you grab! Just like Mutton Bustin’, the animals will be given a 10-15 minute break each hour.  Listen to the announcer for your age group!


Learn to Rope:  Ages 3-11

This is a crash course on roping!  While not a competition, the first 100 cowboys or cowgirls will receive a RAM Rodeo Poster.  All kids are welcome to come by and see our Queen Creek FFA volunteers and learn how to swing a rope – and if you are lucky you will may catch a “dummy” steer by the horns!  This even is a “rope at your leisure” event, so come swing your rope between your other activities!

Sack Races: Age Divisions 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 Years

Kids can come and try their hand (or should we say feet) at sack racing!  You are given a feed or burlap sack to jump in, then quickly hop your way to victory!  This event will test your endurance and speed, while building up some strength!  Prizes for the winner of each race generously donated by Pet Club.


Stick Horse Barrel Racing:  Age Divisions 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 Years

Giddy-up!  You don’t even have to know the barrel racing pattern to compete – we’ll teach you!  Each little buckaroo will get to ride their wild stick horse pony in a race!  They will run the pattern with kiddos in their own age division – and race to the finish line!  Prizes for the winner of each race donated by Pet Club.


PIG CHASE: Age Divisions TBD

Pigs are hard to catch – and even harder for the Roots N’ Boots committee to get!  Subject to availability of pigs, we will have this activity at the 2018 Kids N’ Kritters Event!  How does it work?  Well, these pigs are not greased, but your buckaroo will still need to chase them!  Your child will need to run after the pig, and the first child to pull the ribbon off the neck wins a prize donated by Pet Club!



Want more FREE things to do Saturday at Roots N’ Boots?  Check out the Ag Education AGtivities booth (north of the covered arena) as well as the Petting Zoo (southeast corner of the covered arena).  Want a peek at the biggest horses around?  Check out the Draft Horse Show.  Singing and dancing more your tune?  Check out the Entertainment stage.  Do you have Teens?  Join them Saturday afternoon at Ranch Dressing (ages 12+) and then watch the 12-19 year olds compete at the Xtreme Teen Rodeo!  Oh, you can enjoy the FREE petting zoo and the Ag Education AGtivities booth all weekend long – not just on Saturday!


Check the Registration table for updates when you arrive.

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