City plans June 1 birthday block party

The city of Kingman is planning a 50th anniversary block party June 1 in historic downtown Kingman.

The block party is one of the major events planned by the city birthday committee.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m.

following the Yada Yada Parade.

City employees are preparing a float for the parade for the first time and are reportedly organizing a marching unit to accompany the float.

Activities for all ages are planned with the Mohave Community Choir featured at the opening ceremony for the picnic, which will be at the Locomotive Park and Dick Grounds Field.

The block party will include bands, performances and a street dance.

A dunk tank will be ready at noon.

If City Manager Roger Swenson decides to take the plunge, he should find the water to be warmer than during the Jan.1 Polar Bear Plunge, which kicked off the year-long celebration of Kingman's 50th year of incorporation.

A bounce house, train rides, face painting, removable tattoos and Wally the Clown will give the youngsters lots to do.

A car show beginning at 10 a.m., a motorcycle display and public safety displays are planned.

A special picture event will allow participants to dress in costumes of the 1950s.

T-shirts with the 50th anniversary logo will be available for sale during the block party.

The Downtown Merchants Association Art and Antique Fair will be in progress at the same time.

The merchants are cooperating with the city to combine the art and antique show and Yada Yada parade with the Kingman city block party.

Call 753-8091 or 757-7919 for information about the events or to volunteer.