The Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival is an annual public event celebrating Arizona's Western history and culture. Previously called the Roundup & Open House, the festival also showcases Bureau of Land Management and Empire Ranch Foundation's efforts to preserve the Empire Ranch for future generations. Each year more than 2,000 visitors come to the ranch to enjoy Western heritage demonstrations, arena and livestock exhibits, cowboy cooking and Western entertainment. 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.