Andy Devine Days offers a weekend of activities

The Kingman community comes together once a year to honor one of our own - the late Andy Devine.

But this year Andy Devine Days also honors Andy Devine's wife Dorothy "Doagie" House Devine who died June 14, 2000.

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Andy Devine Days highlights the best of what Kingman has to offer.

Activities began Saturday with The Andy Devine Awards.

The awards honor individuals, organizations and business that have made an extra effort to make the Kingman community a better place in which to live

• The 2000 Andy Devine Days Rodeo Queen and Princess Contestants will perform in the

horsemanship competition at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday at Earl Bender's Arena, 3960 N.

Roosevelt.

• The Kingsmen "100" cocktail/dinner party will begin at 6 p.m.

Friday at Citizens Communications Building.

Advance tickets are required.

Contact the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department at 757-7919 for more information.

Rodeo queen and princess contestants state why they would like to become Andy Devine Days Royalty.

Also at this event the reigning Andy Devine Days Rodeo Queen, Leigh Hunnicutt and the reigning princess, Alison Valentine, give farewell speeches.

Every year different people are chosen to judge each portion of the contest.

This year's judges will be Brooke Kohler, 1999 Turquoise Circuit Queen, from Bullhead City; Marilyn Martin, former Miss Rodeo Arizona, from Mesa; and Stacey Dunn-Kettler, former Miss Rodeo Arizona, also from Mesa

• Festivities continue Saturday as Downtown Kingman comes alive with music, food, art and crafts as the Beale Street "Brewgrass Festival" kicks off the weekend's events.

• The Andy Devine Days Parade begins at 10 a.m.

in Downtown Kingman.

The theme for the year 2000 parade is "Kingman - Then, Now and Forever," and will feature floats, marching bands and a few surprises.

Parade viewers are presented a complete program announced by local radio celebrities who fully describe each parade entry.

John Wettaw, retiring State Senator for Northern Arizona from Flagstaff, will serve as the grand marshal.

Celebrities who have rode in past Andy Devine Days parades were Mickey Mouse from Disneyland, Guy Madison of the Wild Bill Hickok television show fame; rock n' roll star from the 1950s, Bill Medley; Chief Justice Frank Gordon; Gov.

Rose Mofford; country singer Charlie Daniels; and Andy Devine's son, Tad Devine.

The Andy Devine Days Parade began about 18 years ago in honor of the late Andy Devine, who grew up in Kingman.

Devine had a long and celebrated career as television and movie actor, but he always came back to Kingman, never forgetting the people and places he had known.

Floats, equestrians and vehicles are the three competitive entry divisions.

Non-competitive divisions include high school bands, marching units, clowns and special interest groups.

• The Andy Devine Days P.R.C.A.

Rodeo, hosted by the Kingsmen, takes place after the parade Saturday at 1 p.m.

at the Kingman fairgrounds.

Admission for adults is $10, and children $5 at the gate.

The rodeo queen and princess contestants attend the Andy Devine Days Rodeo.

In addition to the grand entry each girl is introduced separately and performs a "hot lap," a fast ride around the arena while waving to the crowd, said Tiffaney Leo, coordinator of the Andy Devine Days Rodeo Queen contest.

• Team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and bull riding are just a few of the events.

• A special appearance by Wayne Brooks, the rodeo announcer, Miss Turquoise Circuit 2000, Kate Cox and rodeo clown, Tim Pope will round out the entertainment.

• Later that evening, rodeo fans can mosey on over to the Dambar & Steakhouse for the rodeo dance from 8 p.m.

to midnight.

• The Andy Devine Days Rodeo begins at 1 p.m.

Sunday with an extra attraction - the rodeo queen and princess contestant with the highest points is chosen and crowned.

For advance tickets to the rodeo contact Andy Devine Days Rodeo chairman Donnie Ward at 753-3131.