Campy events include a wild drag race, featuring a drag-draped contestant mounting a steer; a steer-decorating competition; and, perhaps most popular, the goat-dressing contest, which involves a pair of jockey-style underwear and an unsuspecting goat. 'Nuff said.
The rodeo does more than rouse your inner gay ranch hand, however. A new "Ms. AGRA" will be crowned Friday night, and live entertainment, including two performances by the all-female Desert Heart Band, is provided throughout the weekend.
Mosey on down to Rawhide at Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads. Admission is $15 per day; children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, call Rawhide at 480-502-1880 or visit www.agra-phx.com. - Ashlea Deahl
Catch the cold and the beautiful at AWA
Forever milking the cash Salchow, the world's most famed figure skaters are on the road -- again. The latest sequined showcase, Smucker's Stars on Ice, spins into America West Arena this Thursday, January 15. Leading the ice pack: four-time world champ Kurt Browning, Olympic golden girl turned DUI offender Oksana Baiul, Olympic golden boy turned DUI offender Alexei Yagudin, and the title-sharers from the cold war two winters ago: Olympics pairs champs Jamie Salé and David Pelletier of Canada and Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia. Tickets start at $25; stop by the arena box office, 201 East Jefferson, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.- Jill Koch