Organizers make finishing touches on Andy Devine Days festivities

KINGMAN ­ Preparations for the Andy Devine Days Parade are close to a done deal.

"We're ready to go," said Angela Gray, an activity coordinator for the parade activities.

Andy Devine Parade festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24, will start at 9:15 a.m., with Grand Marshall Gov. Napolitano scheduled to speak on the corner of Fourth and Beale streets.

Napolitano will present an award to the Kingman Department of Parks and Recreation declaring the parade as an Arizona Treasure.

Honorary Grand Marshal Loren Wilson, local historian and volunteer at the Powerhouse Museum, will ride with Napolitano and Mayor Monica Gates, leading the parade with the color guards and a stagecoach with the Devine family.

A coffee and welcome reception with the Devine family begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Powerhouse Museum.

The parade procession will follow at 10 a.m., beginning at the intersection of 1st and Beale.

A festival in Metcalf Park will immediately follow the parade around 11:30.

The city will have a VIP tent set up for Napolitano for a mayor's luncheon to be attended by invitees and dignitaries.

Chef Michael Gaul will provide lunch items for the VIP area with students from his culinary class at Kingman High School.

Non-profit vendors will be providing all food and refreshments.

Gray said having non-profits exclusively handle concessions "helps promote Kingman and non-profit organizations."

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Among the concessions are: the Kingman Police Department selling cotton candy, food vending by the Kingman Kiwanis and Kingman Rotary Club and a beer garden set up by the Kingman Elks Club.

All proceeds will go toward community functions, Gray said. Some local businesses are donating services for the event; among those are Sue Becker from Heaven Scent florist, providing fresh floral arrangements for the festival, and Lomeli's Garden loaning a fountain for the VIP area.

The Kingman Economic and Tourism Development Commission donated about $10,000 for the parade's festivities, Gray said. Scheduled festival entertainment includes the Road Kings, performing country and oldies tunes, and DJ services by J.J. DeTemple.

Game booths will be set up for kids and admission is free.