Events to stay cool this holiday weekend

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With temperatures soaring above 110 this 4th of July weekend, keeping cool is on the minds of many folks.  Matt Lehrman from gives us four fun events that involve either air conditioning, heading to the high country, or a combination of both.

1)  The Rodeo Days Fine Arts and Craft Show in Prescott, Arizona is held in conjunction with the World's Oldest Rodeo. This is the 29th year of the art show and it is estimated to attract in excess of 80,000 persons. Prescott is known for its support of the arts, and this show is one of the best in the Southwest. It is juried, and features approximately 150 of the finest artists and crafts persons from across the Southwest. This event set under shady towering elm trees in a beautiful grassy park setting that surrounds the historic Yavapai County Courthouse, which is located in the center of friendly Downtown Prescott. The Prescott Arts and Crafts Show is one of the "don't miss" events of the Arizona summer, bringing you the West's best artists and craftspeople

2) 124th World’s Oldest Rodeo: Presented by the Prescott Frontier Days, this event happens today, tomorrow and Monday, July 4.  Did you know that Prescott was the original Territorial Capital of Arizona?  Also known as the "Cowboy Capital of the American West," Since 1888 folks have come from miles around to see what the ruckus in Prescott, Arizona was all about.  Every year that ruckus gets bigger, the contestants more daring and bold. When the bulls, the horses, the clowns come to town...well, let's just say you'll want to see what's kicking up all that dust.  Without giving away the show, we can tell you it's about top athletes competing for big dollars. It's about broncos throwing their hooves any which way, bulls that are mad at the world and leather straps holding cowboys together. Other festivities include Arizona's largest rodeo and Kiddie parade, Arts and Crafts show, a rodeo and street dance as well as a spectacular 4th of July celebration with amazing fireworks.

3) Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella:  This is every girl’s favorite fairy tale and Arizona Broadway Theater does it right. Cinderella is forced to live with her coldhearted stepmother and homely stepsisters. Every young maiden in the kingdom is invited to a Royal Ball so the Crown Prince can find a bride. Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters go to the ball, leaving her behind. When she is visited by her fairy godmother, all her wishes come true and she lives happily ever after… Performances are today at 11:45 am and 5:30 pm, tomorrow 5:30 pm, thru August 6.

4) 4th of Zoo-ly is presented by the Phoenix Zoo this Monday July 4th. This Independence Day bash includes exclusive access to the Zoo, a classic summer BBQ dinner with all of the trimmings and exciting activities for kids and adults of all ages. The patriotic night rounds out with the best seat in town to watch the Tempe Town Lakes Fireworks Show in a special area in the back of the Zoo! provides a comprehensive calendar of theater, music, dance, art, festivals and cultural attractions throughout the Valley and around Arizona - along with a Ticket Marketplace that sells discount tickets.