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7/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman fireworks show is still a go
Plenty of events planned for 4th

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Rumors that the Dean Peak Fire and dry conditions led officials to cancel the Independence Day fireworks show at the Mohave County Fairgrounds were squelched Tuesday.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Keith Eaton and Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Watson, fireworks will definitely light up the night sky Thursday.

Eaton said several people thought livestock boarded at the fairgrounds by residents near the fire would be an issue, but Eaton said the Mohave County Fair Association said boarders who fear their animals might be spooked by the show could move them to the south arena.

"This is a common practice during past fireworks show and has proven effective," said Eaton.

And it's possible the fireworks won't be as loud as other events at the fairgrounds on Thursday, where motor sports will also be part of the celebration.

According to Fairgrounds Manager James Guillot, Mud Mayhem & Tuff Truck races will begin at 4 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is $8 for those 12 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 11 and children 5 and younger get in free.

There will be food and drinks for sale at the event sponsored by Cerbat Moto Sports, the Mohave County Fair Association, Martin Swanty auto dealerships and Desert Thunder Motorsports.

The sky will light up with a pyrotechnic extravaganza once the sun fully sets at about 9 p.m., according o Guillot.

The Kingman Boomers collected about $25,000 from the city's business community and private residents and every penny of it was used to pay for the show.

Also at the fairgrounds from 6 p.m. until the fireworks begin are the Family Festival and Fireworks Show.

The event features fun, food, games and contests.

Car party

The Staples parking lot, 3320 Stockton Hill Road, will be the scene of this car show and block party sponsored by Route 66 Wings and Wheels.

In addition to the car show, the event will have a burnout contest, stunt riding, live music, a bounce house and kids' pool. The fun will last until the fireworks begin.

Free swim day

The municipal pools downtown on Gold Street and in Centennial Park at 3333 Harrison Street are offering free swimming from 1 to 5 p.m.

Special activities include contests, games and giveaways.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Please update us .

What happend during the firework show? The show was not finished.
An ambulance came, I hope he is ok.

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Delia Schmidt

I agree with these comments.
The funds that were raised for the fireworks should go to the fallen 19 men who lost their lives in Yarnell fire, plus with all the smoke in the air and the people who have respiratory, asthma, and other breathing problems the fireworks should be canceled this year, and besides with all this money that was raised the the ones who can use it the most this year are our heroes are the ones who were died in the fire on July 1, 2013 and should go to their families.

This would be a life time for the family as for the it would be 30 minutes and more smoke which we don't.

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Sante Fe Jay

Good ideas, but WAY TOO LATE ! Fireworks have already been purchased and time and effort has been put in to set up. To late to put on hold now.

I agree, the money would have been a great donation (In the name of Business/residents of Kingman) to the Yarnell 19. I also agree about the animals being kept at the fairgrounds (although I am not sure how many are there.

Here is what I would like to see done.......don't worry about 4th of July Fireworks. The fire threat, it's hot, dusty, etc... After an extensive search, I have not found an actual date as to the founding of Kingman....only the year 1882. How about we decide on a date as to "Kingmans Birthday" (like maybe when the best weather is- May, June or October,November) and have the fireworks show then?

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: dv s

I have really mixed feelings about this...

Celebrate our country or ????...hmmmmm

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Really? Really?

Do any of you know how many evacuated animals were brought to the fairgrounds? 6 horses! The fairgrounds are not overflowing with evacuated animals. Every year that I can remember there have been a few horses in the stables during the fireworks show they put them to the south arena and they survive just fine. I have never seen them take a dead horse out of there after a fireworks show. Chill out people.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Love Kingman

Feel free to high-tail it out of here Anson's Nephew

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: George Washington

Why all the doom & gloom over a CONTROLLED fireworks show, which is already bought & paid for?
Tragedies happen in everyday life all the time, and i guarantee that if those 19 firefighters could communicate with us, they would tell us to celebrate everything that is good about the U.S. of A., as we always do on the 4th of July.
The comments about wind are also unnecessary & moot, since the fire chief decides when & if the show goes on, according to wind conditions.
Precautions don't stop just because there is a fire in the mountains. As always, the fire department and water trucks are on site for the fireworks show.
Celebrations draw us together, and that should NEVER stop.
Enjoy the fireworks, and enjoy your 4th of July picnics & celebrations!

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Worried Resident

Az is burning, heroes are risking and losing their lives, trying to protect us and our lands. Our mountains are burning uncontrollably due to erratic winds. So people are encouraging a 'show' that uses explosives and launches more sparks into the desert winds??!! The orange blazes and nightly glow in the sky are enough of a show for me this year!

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Highly Amused

@Carol Ann The families in Yarnell need help, true....however...the families that will be displaced here need the local support more. Mohave County people are always saying 'Think Local.' So do it!

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Bring some joy!

After all the devastation AZ has experienced lately, we need something to look forward to. Thank you for continuing with the show! If the fairgrounds were able to collect donations for the 100 Club during the festivities, or even have donation information available for event goers, that would be wonderful.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Carol Ann Rivera-Miller

Do you realize this money was collected last year and early this year, presented to the City in March(?) and the contract already let? If they cancel, the company just walks away with the money...and maybe a penalty payment.

I don't think I've ever heard of a fire being started by a professional show with proper precautions.

Why do people keep saying these silly things?

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

With having evacuated animals at the fairgrounds - please reconsider. I would have the Boomers keep the $25K and let it earn some interest so that they aren't starting from zero in every fundraising year. I wonder if those providing the fireworks would refund or reschedule....

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

Fires all around, and fireworks are Watson's priority. Do you think this guy thinks things through? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Carol Ann Rivera-Miller

"The Kingman Boomers collected about $25,000 from the city's business community and private residents and every penny of it was used to pay for the show." PLEASE, DO NOT SET THESE FIREWORKS OFF! SEND THE MONEY TO THE Club 100 fund for the families in Yarnell. The heat will also be a factor people. It is not worth getting sick yourself or burning down the mountains! The wind can't be controlled....but starting fires can. Stay home to watch all the celebrations in the comfort of your COOL homes! Practice extreme safety!

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

What is it with Kingman and rumors? Has to be one of the funniest and dumbest towns in the nation.

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