Walk in the Park notes Powerhouse centennial

Weekend celebration includes Saturday parade, live music, food, arts, crafts

KINGMAN - The Kingman Downtown Merchants Association will hold its annual Walk In The Park this weekend, with this year's walk marking the 100th birthday of Kingman's venerable Powerhouse, which first fired up its oil-powered generators on July 31, 1909.

To celebrate, a host of events will take place on the grounds of the Powerhouse at 120 Andy Devine Ave. and across the street at Locomotive Park. The Downtown Merchants will kick off the weekend at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade down Andy Devine running from Sixth Street to Locomotive Park.

From there, the park will be crowded with arts and crafts vendors and food stands, with live local bands and performances scheduled throughout the day.

"We'll have everything from jewelry to outdoor and indoor decorations, makeovers, all different kinds of arts and crafts," said Merchants Association president Chris Durkin. "We also have Kingman's Got Talent, which is a local talent expose."

Saturday will feature a special performance by Ballet Folkloria, a traditional Mexican dance troupe from Phoenix. The event will continue into Sunday, with all-day performances by the Bullets and Bustles western re-enactors.

All weekend, merchants will sell raffle tickets for various prizes. Tickets are $1 apiece, six for $5, or an entire arm's length for $10.

"You can see the prizes in the park all day Saturday and Sunday, and we'll be drawing for them Sunday afternoon," Durkin said.

The Route 66 Cruizers car club will park their classic cars by the park all weekend, while across the street, in the Powerhouse parking lot, the Route 66 Rotarians will host an all-weekend Oktoberfest featuring beer, bratwurst and big-screen football.

In the Powerhouse proper, museum tours will be discounted to $1 for adults and free for children. The Mohave County Prospectors Association will also be on hand to give gold panning demonstrations, hearkening back to the Powerhouse's original purpose of providing electricity to local mining operations.

First built in 1907, the Powerhouse served Kingman and surrounding communities with power up until the completion of the Hoover Dam in 1939. Falling into disrepair through much of the 20th century, the Powerhouse was revived in the 1990s due to the efforts of Toby Orr and the Powerhouse Gang. The Powerhouse reopened as a visitors' center and museum in 1997, with further renovation efforts continuing to this day.

For more information on this weekend's festivities, call Tourism Director Joshua Noble at (928) 753-6106 or Kettelhut Antiques at (928) 753-9095.