Fireworks the grand finale

Slate of activities lead up to light show on the Fourth

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KINGMAN - It seems like half the town shows up for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display put on by the city of Kingman, but room is always available.

This year's event starts hours before the grand finale, and kids aged 6 to 96 are welcome to join the fun at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, located at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., south of Interstate 40.

Starting at 1 p.m., activities will run until 5 p.m. and range from balloon tosses to wheelbarrow races and paper airplane contests to three-legged races - and even bingo.

Route 66 Wings & Wheels will be on site for those more into classic cars than rusty wheelbarrows, several venders are scheduled to provide food and drinks, and, of course, there will be music.

Also, children will be able to sign up around 1 p.m. for the Little Miss Firecracker and Little Mr. Fourth of July contests and talent shows, the winners of which will win either trophies or prizes.

"We had quite a few kids involved in the talent show last year," said Viola Guillot, event chairwoman and fairgrounds board member. "There's going to be quite a few this year ... It's really cute."

She said about 2,000 people attended in 2007 to partake in the activities and the fireworks display at sundown. "I'm hoping for more this year."

If enough people show up, there will be a festival dance between 7 and 9 p.m., Guillot said.