Kingman revs up Fun Run festivities

KINGMAN – Lots of cars, added vendors, activities organized by the Downtown Merchants Association and a beer garden on Beale Street promise fun for all at the 2004 Route 66 Fun Run.

"Registrations are up, more people are helping, and this Fun Run will be bigger than ever," Tom Spear said.

Spear is the executive director of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona that sponsors the annual event, which begins in Seligman Friday and ends in Topoc/Golden Shores on Sunday.

The key activity in Kingman is Saturday's Show and Shine Car Show, where organizers expect as many as 800 vintage cars.

Cars from across the United States will line Andy Devine Avenue from Fourth Street past Locomotive Park, with the overflow filling much of Grounds Field.

The Show and Shine Car Show entries begin to arrive Saturday morning from Seligman as they travel the long stretch of Route 66 and stops along the way.

Judging is from 3 p.m.

to 5 p.m.

for 66 trophy winners.

Presentations are made at Golden Shores on Sunday.

The DMA plans a poker walk, a street dance and a beer garden in addition to the shopping always available in historic downtown.

Activities sponsored by the DMA begin at 6 p.m.

following the close of events at the Powerhouse.

"The partnership with the Downtown Merchants Association adds a lot of activity that will keep people downtown into the evening hours," Spear said.

Laura Stevens, Route 66 director of operations and manager of the Route 66 Gift Shop in the Powerhouse Visitor Center, said registrations are running well ahead of last year.

"As of Monday, 510 cars were registered compared to 410 last year," Stevens said.

"We capped the cars at 800 this year and are likely to reach that number."

The area around the Powerhouse along Beale Street and Locomotive Park will be filled with food and other vendors, Stevens said.

"The food will be near the Powerhouse and other vendors across the street," she said.

The Boys and Girls Club will serve food at Grounds Field and conduct their annual arts and crafts display.

The Tri State Modelers Club will have model cars on display and present five trophies for model cars.

The Boys and Girls Club serves a Fun Run breakfast from 7 a.m.

to 10 a.m.

Saturday at the Powerhouse, with cars pulling out at 10 a.m.

Jingles, the Kingman Police Department vintage police car, leads the fun-runners out of Kingman to Oatman Sunday morning.

Activities stretch from Seligman to the Colorado River over the three days of the Fun Run.