KINGMAN - Dust off your boots and hang onto your hats, kiddos. This year's Andy Devine Days Rodeo features brand-new events for the 3 to 6 year-old age group.
The Kingman Route 66 Trailblazers Rotaract Club will have a Kid's Korral with face painting, calf roping and stick-horse barrel racing.
Mutton busting for children ages 3 to 6 will also take place in the main arena during the rodeo.
Mutton busting is a contest to see who can ride a sheep the longest.
The Andy Devine Days fun for the bigger folk starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with the Rodeo queen and teen queen riding and horsemanship contest at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. The rodeo queen is typically crowned on the last day of the rodeo.
The whole town gets in on the fun on Monday as businesses try to outshine each other with the best decorations and best western-dressed employees in honor of Western Week, which lasts through Sept. 29.
Martin Swanty Dodge will hold its annual Andy Devine Days Fanfest & Chili Feed Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the dealership, 2640 E. Andy Devine Ave. The dance features free chili, drinks and county music as long as supplies last.
On Sept. 26, buy a ticket and it may be your square that wins during the Andy Devine Days Cow Plop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Boot Barn parking lot on Beverly Avenue. Tickets are $20 and the proceeds go to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink program.
The program is the professional rodeo circuit's way of supporting breast cancer research. According to the rodeo website, a lot of the money collected stays within the community.
Kingman rolls out the welcome wagon to rodeo royalty from around the state with the annual Andy Devine Days Parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, between First and Sixth streets.
This year's grand marshal is former City Manger Jack Kramer. The city expects 85 to 100 entrants in the parade this year.
The Kingman Parks and Recreation Department is still accepting applications for the parade. You can pick up an application at the Parks and Rec. Department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3333 N. Harrison Ave. or online at www.cityofkingman.gov/pages/depts/parks. For more information, call 757-7919.
There's just enough time to catch lunch at one of the downtown restaurants before the Mohave County Fairground gates open on the 29th Annual Andy Devine Days Rodeo at 12:30 p.m. The Kingsmen, a group of local businessmen, are the main sponsors and promoters of the Andy Devine Days Rodeo.
The dust-kicking, hat-flying, rodeo fun starts at 2 p.m. Honeycutt Rodeo will once again provide the animals for the rodeo.
Rodeo tickets are $8 pre-sale for adults and $4 pre-sale for kids. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Martin Swanty Dodge, Boot Barn, Stockton Hill Feed, H & H Printers, either of the Kingman branches of Mohave State Bank and the Powerhouse Visitors Center. Prices go up to $10 for adults and $5 for kids at the gate.
The rodeo is named after Andy Devine, an actor who played a sidekick to a number of western movie stars, such as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Guy Madison. Devine grew up in Kingman. He's probably best known for his role as Jingles in "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok.
The rodeo is one of the last in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Turquoise Circuit, which means lots of well-known cowboys will make a last stab at grabbing some points before the national championships, said Rebecca Steinberger from Martin Swanty Dodge.
The Andy Devine Rodeo includes contests in saddleback and bareback bronco riding, calf wrestling, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping. It also features women's barrel racing and junior barrel racing.