KABAM! Festival may get Fun Run boost

Local authors and their books, vendors, entertainment will take over Metcalfe Park on Saturday

KINGMAN - It may be the Route 66 Fun Run weekend, but Mayor Les Byram has proclaimed Saturday "KABAM! Festival Day."

It wasn't by plan that the 3rd Annual Kingman Area Books Are Magic Festival fell on the weekend of the Route 66 Fun Run, according to Kathy McGehee, marketing specialist for the Mohave County Library District. But that doesn't mean organizers don't hope to capitalize on the crowd when they host the festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Metcalfe Park.

While you wait for the cars to roll into Downtown Kingman, you'll have the opportunity to meet local authors and peruse the goods of more than 30 local vendors at the festival.

The park, located at the intersection of Beale and Grandview streets, will have plenty of activities for the family, including a puppet show, local author panel, food cooked by Kingman High School's culinary arts classes and performances by various local musical groups.

The author panel features four authors from throughout the state: Michelle Welch, Brenda Muncy, James Jay and the Miner's own J.C. Amberlyn. Other local authors will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their work at the festival.

According to an e-mail sent by Robert C. Shupe, last year's event attracted about 1,000 people on Saturday in the park. Shupe, the chairman of the festival's steering committee, helped start the Mohave Library Alliance, which organizes the annual festival.

Attendance is free, but you'll need to bring some cash if you want any food or goods.

More information about the festival can be obtained at www.kingmankabam.org.