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Sun, Jan. 26

Kingman marks 50th anniversary with bash

A parade, antique fair and Kingman's 50th anniversary block party with live music and

entertainment are just some of the many activities scheduled this weekend.

• The fun starts with the third annual Yada Yada Parade at 10 a.m.


"Any crazy thing goes," said parade organizer Dora Green.

Individuals, groups, organizations and businesses have signed on for the event.

The "Wild Roses of Chloride," "Wally Clowns," J.J.

Dolan Gang, the "Finest Lady Cheerleaders," the Queen of Caffeine and a Kazoo Band are just a few of the wacky entries.

Some participants will march and others will ride floats in the parade.

Parade announcers will be Green and Earl Hamlyn.

Other entries include the original truck "Little Joe," featured in the movie "Back to the Future," and a city of Kingman float to celebrate 50 years of incorporation.

Marching with the float will be 17 members of the 1952 graduating class of Mohave Union High School in Kingman.

The parade route in historic downtown Kingman is from Spring Street at 4th Street to Beale Street, then right to Locomotive Park.

"This is a fun event for the community, a kickoff for the Kingman Block Party, which will start when the parade is over – about 11 a.m.," Green said.

• The 50th anniversary block party, one of the major events planned by the city birthday committee, will be at Locomotive Park and Dick Grounds Field.

The festivities will start with the opening ceremony accompanied by the Mohave Community Choir, and continue throughout the day.

The block party dance, with sounds by "Night Moves," will be from 6 p.m.

until 9 p.m.

Entertainment throughout the day includes: the Centennial Park Community Center Dance Squad, the bands "Sudden Impact" and "Mohave 5," and Allstarz Gymnastics and Girls Dance Troop.

Although times may vary slightly, free activities during the day include a car and motorcycle show and public safety displays at 10 a.m.

and visits by the Wally Clowns at 11 a.m.

Free activities scheduled for noon include a bounce house, train rides for kids and locations for caricature drawings, face painting and removable tattoos.

A 50th anniversary shirt sale will begin at 11 a.m.

A dunk tank and a booth for 1950s pictures with costumes will open at noon.

A variety of food and beverage booths will be set up at 10 a.m., including the beer and margarita tent sponsored by the Elks, said Toni Weddle, a city employee and a member of the birthday committee.

Someone from Papa John's Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice within the tent, Weddle said.

The cowboy beans and cornbread cook-off judging will begin at 2 p.m.

Seventeen people have registered for the cook-off, Weddle said.

After judging, the beans and cornbread will be sold

For more information about the block party, call 753-8091.

• The Kingman Downtown Merchants Association Art & Antique Fair will begin at 10 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday at Locomotive Park.

Sixty-seven people have reserved booths where arts, crafts and antiques will be sold, said Connie Kettelhut, of Kettelhut's Antiques.

• The Boys & Girls Club of Kingman will have two events Saturday, a tour of historic downtown and a hike at Camp Beale.

For a one-hour, guided walking tour of downtown Kingman, people should meet at 9 a.m.

at the Boys and Girls Club, 301 N.

First Street.

Interested hikers should meet at the club at 11:30 a.m.

for rides to Camp Beale.

The guided hike there will last about one hour.

Saturday is National Trails Day.

• Steve Wickham will display antique gas engines in the parking lot of the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W.

Beale St., from 10 a.m.

to 3 p.m.


He invites anyone who has antique gas engines or "old iron and old tractors" to display them.

Setup time for displays is 8 a.m.

to 10 a.m.

Shannon Rossiter, the director of the museum, said Pepsi will be available at 1950s prices (about 10 cents).

Kingman's incorporation came on Jan.

21,1952, just six days after qualified voters approved the move by a 2-1 margin.

Homes and businesses were tightly packed into downtown Kingman around that time and voter turnout was a record 88 percent, according to an article appearing in the Jan.

17, 1952 edition of the Mohave County Miner.

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