Napolitano says festival is a unique tourism draw

KINGMAN ­ Andy Devine Days is a necessary event in helping generate tourism dollars, according to Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Accepting the invitation to be this year's grand marshal for the Andy Devine Days parade, Napolitano said Tuesday in a phone interview that the parade is a unique event that represents a special era of Arizona history.

"Tourism is such a major economic driver for the local economy," she said.

She is scheduled to present the Arizona Treasures award to the Kingman Parks and Recreation Commission designating the event before this year's parade on Sept. 24.

Napolitano said the Arizona Treasures program was started last year to designate signs and events to get Arizonans to visit state destinations.

"We're trying to promote Arizona to Arizonans," she said.

Napolitano said that she plans to stay in Kingman most of the day following the parade, with a post-parade lunch and a reception event at the Brunswick Hotel afterward, "I hope to wander around a bit."