KINGMAN Polish your musical talents and comedy acts, dig out your running shoes and practice your "ooh"s and "aah"s for the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air at fireworks displays and related events this long holiday weekend.
The Mohave County Fairgrounds Committee is planning a variety of public activities Monday at the fairgrounds, 2600 Fairground Boulevard.
Event Co-Chairman Jim Guillot said an ad is running in the Miner all week, and he hit on some of the Independence Day highlights.
"We're having a car show that's run by the Route 66 Wings and Wheels, a local car club. There's going to be a talent show for the public, and a contest for Little Miss Firecracker for little girls, from 1-4 years old. We've also got games with prizes for kids 10 years and younger, and trophy games for kids six and older."
Games are free with paid admission to the fairgrounds and include a three-legged race, a sack race and a watermelon seed-spitting contest.
The day will feature live music, too.
"We have a couple of local bands coming out to provide some entertainment," Guillot said.
"There's Prairie Fire, a country-western band (from 5-6 p.m.); and the Kingman Concert Band (from 6:30-8:30 p.m.). We'll have a dance floor, so people can dance, and the Eagles club is hosting bingo, so the adults can get away and relax and maybe win some nice prizes," he said.
The grand finale will be the fireworks that light up the sky just after dusk on Monday. Lantis Productions is putting on the display, coordinated by the Kingman Fire Department.
Guillot said the display incorporates more than 1,000 fireworks of different magnitudes, lasting about 25 minutes.
All fireworks except those officially sanctioned and produced by licensed operators are strictly prohibited throughout the state. That prohibition includes everything from sparklers and firecrackers to Roman candles and skyrockets. Individuals who choose to ignore the law will face arrest and prosecution.
Patricia Carter, Mohave County Sheriff's Office public information officer, said anyone possessing any type of fireworks can expect to be charged with a misdemeanor.
Anyone who causes a fire when using fireworks faces either a misdemeanor or felony arrest for burning of wildlands. The severity of the charges depend on the risk or damage involved.
Kingman Regional Medical Center's Del E. Webb Wellness and Rehabilitation Center also is getting in on the weekend's action with its 7th Annual Firecracker 5K run/2 mile walk on Saturday.
Registration is from 6:15 to 7 a.m., and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. from the Wellness Center parking lot. Mention the ad in the Miner and there will be no additional fee for late entries.
The $15 entry fee covers registration, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. Call 692-4600 for more information.