DOLAN SPRINGS - Once a year, small communities have the unique chance to give special recognition to someone who has been a bastion of the community. It's time now for Dolan Springs residents to consider who will have the honor of being named grand marshal of the Dolan Springs Day parade coming up in just 11 weeks.
Nominations for the parade grand marshal are open now. This year's parade theme is "Making Dreams Come True in Dolan Springs, Arizona."
The Sept. 1 festivities will include the traditional Dolan Springs Day parade, car show, games, entertainment, vendors and some impressive raffle prizes.
Those prizes include a Grand Canyon Whitewater adventure for two, valued at $600; a Valley of Fire ATV adventure for two, valued at $400; a Black Canyon float rafting adventure for two at the base of the Hoover Dam, valued at $250; a kayaking adventure for two, valued at $350; and eagle-eye views in a glider/soaring adventure for two, valued at $200; along with overnight stays and dinners in Las Vegas, Laughlin, at the Hualapai Lodge, in Overton, and in Mesquite; shows; dance lessons at Delgado Studios and more.
Round-trip transportation is included in all of the adventure prizes.
Tickets are on sale now for $1 each, five for $6 or 12 for $10, at Adventure Concierge, Tacky Stuf 4 Horses and the Tax Place.
Vendor and parade applications also are available. Parade entry costs $10 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Chamber membership costs $40. Vendors booths are free for members and $50 for non-members.
The Dolan Springs Day pageant is on Aug. 31. Times and schedule updates will be announced later.
The Dolan Springs Day activities on Sept. 1 start with a continental breakfast from 8-9 a.m. at the chamber building; parade setup from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the chamber building; the parade from 10-11 a.m.; and the remainder of the day will be devoted to activities, entertainment, refreshments and the classic car show. For car show information, call Mel and Cathy Hauser at 715-1626.
Heading the various committees are: Chairman Carol Ann, chamber vice president and owner of Adventure Concierge Travel; general Chairman Roger Hansen, chamber member and owner of R&D Enterprises; grand marshal nomination Chairman Gil Devine, AmVets 1st vice commander; Parade chairs Bump, Dale, Ned and Norty, "the fearsome foursome"; T-shirt sales Chair Judy Turchen, chamber president and owner of Tacky Stuf 4 Horses; traffic control, signs and rock wall Chairman Lewis Henderson, AmVets commander; administration, mailers and road apple Chair Jill Devine, AmVets Auxiliary president and St. Vincent de Paul representative; set-up, administration and tickets Chair Diane Hansen, owner of R&D Enterprises; ticket booth Chair Karin Nash, Community Council board member and VFW Auxiliary member; trophies and car show chairmen Mel and Cathy Hauser, Old 66 Productions; advertising chairs Carol Ann, Sue B. and Angie; continental breakfast chairs Grace Neal and the Towncrafters; and event Treasurer Sally Curry, chamber treasurer and owner of The Tax Place.
For more information, call 767-4473, 767-3833, 767-9419 or 7674420; write to or visit the Dolan Springs Chamber of Commerce, President Judy Turchen or Vice President Carol Ann, P.O. Box 274, at 16154 N. Pierce Ferry Road, Dolan Springs, AZ 86441; or visit www.dolanspringschamber.org for pageant, parade, vendor and car show entry forms. Forms also are available at the chamber office, Adventure Concierge Travel, Tacky Stuf 4 Horses or the The Tax Place.
Dolan Springs Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festivities. The next planning meetings are on Friday and June 29, and volunteers are both needed and welcome.