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Fri, Jan. 17

Parade, antique fair and block party planned

The Yada Yada Parade, an antique fair and a block party will provide fun for all ages June 1 during Kingman's 50th birthday celebration in historic downtown, say organizers.

The Yada Yada Parade committee is taking applications for entries, the crazier the better, according to Dora Green, the parade chairwoman.

"Create your own individual or group image or theme and join in," she said.

"Walkers, runners, skaters, riders, limpers, crawlers, animals, autos, aliens and the very strange are welcome."

For more information about the parade, call 753-3616.

The city birthday committee is building a float with a historic theme.

Volunteers are being recruited for a marching group of city employees.

"The block party is turning out to be a major birthday celebration event," said Toni Weddle, Kingman deputy city clerk.

"The parade float, party and dance will bring a lot of people downtown."

Block party events will include a cowboy beans-and-cornbread cookoff limited to the first ten entries.

Any one interested should call Tracie McKnight at the Kingman Police department, 753-2191.

Connie Kettelhut and the Downtown Merchants Association are sponsors for the third annual Antique Fair and Auction.

"The vendors will be pleased to see more people downtown," Kettelhut said.

"Kingman residents have a chance to participate in a fun event."

Organizers expect the City Birthday Block Party to increase the parade entries and bring people downtown.

The celebration will kick off at10 a.m.

with the parade.

The day's events will include several bands and an evening dance to music of the 1950s.

A photographer has been booked to take period pictures, and '50s costumes will be available for people to use in the photos.

Likewise, a car show should include some vehicles of '50s vintage on display at Grounds field on Beale Street.

Motorcycles will be welcome in the show.

Children will be able enjoy amusements such as a train ride, a bouncy house, face painting and drag racing with remote control cars, according to organizers, who also plan to set up a dunking tank.

The birthday committee has set Arbor Day, April 26, for the planting of 50 trees at park and school sites around the city.

City Planner Nina Brackett said the Mohave Master Gardeners will assist with the planting and that the trees will be cared for by the owners of the planting sites, mostly the city and local schools.

Brackett and Sally Werner of the public works department have sent nominations of 15 local trees to the state for designation as "Great Trees of Arizona." Winners will be announced Arbor Day.

The celebration of Kingman's 50 years of incorporation as the first city in Mohave County will continue through the year.

Birthday events will be coordinated with other events just as they will be for the Antique Fair and Yada Yada Parade.

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