KINGMAN - Rumors that the Dean Peak Fire and dry conditions led officials to cancel the Independence Day fireworks show at the Mohave County Fairgrounds were squelched Tuesday.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Keith Eaton and Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Watson, fireworks will definitely light up the night sky Thursday.
Eaton said several people thought livestock boarded at the fairgrounds by residents near the fire would be an issue, but Eaton said the Mohave County Fair Association said boarders who fear their animals might be spooked by the show could move them to the south arena.
"This is a common practice during past fireworks show and has proven effective," said Eaton.
And it's possible the fireworks won't be as loud as other events at the fairgrounds on Thursday, where motor sports will also be part of the celebration.
According to Fairgrounds Manager James Guillot, Mud Mayhem & Tuff Truck races will begin at 4 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is $8 for those 12 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 11 and children 5 and younger get in free.
There will be food and drinks for sale at the event sponsored by Cerbat Moto Sports, the Mohave County Fair Association, Martin Swanty auto dealerships and Desert Thunder Motorsports.
The sky will light up with a pyrotechnic extravaganza once the sun fully sets at about 9 p.m., according o Guillot.
The Kingman Boomers collected about $25,000 from the city's business community and private residents and every penny of it was used to pay for the show.
Also at the fairgrounds from 6 p.m. until the fireworks begin are the Family Festival and Fireworks Show.
The event features fun, food, games and contests.
The Staples parking lot, 3320 Stockton Hill Road, will be the scene of this car show and block party sponsored by Route 66 Wings and Wheels.
In addition to the car show, the event will have a burnout contest, stunt riding, live music, a bounce house and kids' pool. The fun will last until the fireworks begin.
Free swim day
The municipal pools downtown on Gold Street and in Centennial Park at 3333 Harrison Street are offering free swimming from 1 to 5 p.m.
Special activities include contests, games and giveaways.
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