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Parts of downtown will shut down for Fun Run

Areas shown highlighted in yellow indicate road closures Saturday during the Route 66 Fun Run.  Areas highlighted in red indicate streets where traffic will be rerouted.  Andy Devine Avenue will reopen at 6 p.m. Saturday, while Beale Street will reopen at 9. Pam Bartmus/Miner

Areas shown highlighted in yellow indicate road closures Saturday during the Route 66 Fun Run. Areas highlighted in red indicate streets where traffic will be rerouted. Andy Devine Avenue will reopen at 6 p.m. Saturday, while Beale Street will reopen at 9. Pam Bartmus/Miner

KINGMAN - It might get a little hectic this weekend with the 20th Annual Route 66 Fun Run - and hundreds of cars - coming to town, but in anticipation of all the excitement, remember to plan ahead when driving through downtown, as more streets will be closed off this weekend than in previous years.

About 700 cars are registered so far, and "if the weather's good, we'll go over our 800" reached last year, said City Councilman Tom Spear, who is in his eighth year of coordinating the annual Fun Run. That means a lot of classic cars and a big crowd on Route 66.

Unlike in past years, however, 66 won't be the only street closed.

To open up the festival to more foot traffic, Beale Street between Fourth and First streets downtown will also be closed off this year.

Traffic will be routed up Fourth Street to Oak, then over to First Street and back to Beale, giving detoured access through downtown and over to the freeway.

This will also leave a six-block area between Andy Devine Avenue/Route 66 and Oak Street for activities such as the Show & Shine from 3 to 5 p.m., the street dance from 6 to 9 p.m., and a mass of food and craft vendors that will be open throughout the Fun Run.

As usual, the Powerhouse Visitor's Center will be open as will the museum.

Andy Devine Avenue will open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and Beale will reopen at 9 p.m., after the street dance.

As Kingman is always trying to make its events more enjoyable, feedback is welcome.

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