FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08-23-2016
Get your boot scootin’ kicks Sept 23 & 24
Free Family Fun 2nd Best of the West on Route 66 Fest
Kingman, AZ - The Any Devine Days PRCA Rodeo is accompanied by another huge event this September! Born out of the International Route 66 Festival of 2014, the Best of the West Fest committee wanted to host an event unlike anything else in Kingman. That’s when Vendor Coordinator Nick Bowers came up with a grand scheme, and the results will be a smorgasbord of parading, live music, car shows, water sliding, bull riding, rock wall climbing, and tractor pulling fun!
Event & Activity times:
Friday, Sept 23
3pm to 6pm: Beale Celebrations Travel Expo
4pm to 8pm: Unisource Energy Vendor Row lit up at night, offering arts, crafts, & food
6pm to 10pm: Beer Garden & Street Concert with free public seating featuring Briana Payne, Shari Rowe.
6pm to finish: Tractor Supply Co Tractor Pull Competition with $100, 5 person team registrations, limited to first 8 men’s and 8 coed teams*. Free spectator area.
6pm to 10pm: Kingman Chevrolet Buick Mechanical Bull Rides, at least 18 years old, split pot competition and free rides*
6pm to 10pm: Hualapai Mountain Resort Rock Wall with rock climbing up a 25 foot vertical wall, free for all ages*
6pm to 10pm: Hualapai River Runners Monster Water Slide, wear something you don’t mind getting wet in for the 24 foot monster water slide, free for all ages*
6pm to 10pm: Kingman Visitor Center Kiddy Area & Obstacle Course located in the cool shady grass at the Little Red Schoolhouse
Saturday, Sept 24
8pm to 6pm: Unisource Energy Vendor Row offering arts, crafts, & food
9am to 6pm: Beale Celebrations Travel Expo
10pm to 12pm: Andy Devine Days Parade starting at Beale & First St, heading East on Beale to Fifth Street, then turning North to Oak Street and heading west back to Lee Williams High School.
1pm to 6PM: Anderson Ford & Lincoln Best of the West Car Show with $20 entries
1:30pm: Harvey Girls Documentary & Historic Presentation at the Mohave Museum of History & Arts
12pm to 6pm: Kingman Chevrolet Buick Mechanical Bull Rides, at least 18 years old, split pot competition and free rides*
12pm to 6pm: Hualapai Mountain Resort Rock Wall with rock climbing up a 24 foot vertical wall, free for all ages*
12pm to 6pm: Hualapai River Runners Monster Water Slide, wear something you don’t mind getting wet in for the 24 foot monster water slide, free for all ages*
12pm to 6pm: Kingman Visitor Center Kiddy Area & Obstacle Course located in the cool shady grass at the Little Red Schoolhouse
6pm to 9pm: Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds (gates open 3:00 pm)
9pm: Rodeo Dance at the Mohave County Fairgrounds
Sunday, Sept 25
1pm: Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds (gates open 11:30 am)
The Kingsman are hosting their 100 Club VIP party for the Rodeo elite Friday night. For the first time the Rodeo organizers will also host a live Western street concert on Fourth Street between Oak and Spring. Music starts at 6pm, opening with the Briana Payne Band, and later highlights singer-songwriter Shari Rowe's first performance in Kingman. Performances will take a short break for a live western auction. The best seating will be inside the VIP party, but there will be plenty of space outside to bring a chair or sit on the City Hall steps and enjoy the music. An open-to-the-public beer garden with a limited selection of drinks for purchase will also be available for non VIP guests to wet their whistles.
Got a hankering to try your luck on the back if a bucking bull? We kinda thought you might, so Kingman Chevrolet Buick Mechanical Bull Rides will be set up near the street concert Friday evening and again in Floyd & Co’s parking lot between noon and 6pm on Saturday. Free rides and a pot-split riding competition are available for participants 18 years and older. Nearby at the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Kingman Visitor Center Toddler Playground and Obstacle Course will provide a shady preserve for little tikes looking to expense some energy.
If the Arizona sun gets to you, cool off on the Hualapai River Runners Monster Water Slide at the corner of 5th & Beale Streets next to The Garlic Clove. This free, 24 foot slide is open to anyone willing to escape the desert heat and get their britches a little wet!
Want to show some muscles? Another all new the Tractor Supply Co Tractor Pull Competition on Friday night. No, not the tractor pull you’re used to seeing. This competition consists of teams of five displaying brute strength to pull a tractor down Beale Street between Floyd & Co and Black Bridge Brewery. There will be plenty of space for spectators! Registration is limited to 12 men’s teams and 12 coed teams, for $100 per team. A link to register is available at www.Bestoftheweston66.com, winning teams will receive half of their respective category’s registration fees.
Not afraid of heights you say? Then head on over to the Hualapai Mountain Resort Rock Climbing Wall on Beale Street near Kingman CrossFit and House of Hops. Gear up and take the 25 foot challenge, it’s totally free Friday evening and following the parade on Saturday.
Check out the wares or grab a bite along Unisource Electric’s Vendor Row. Arts, crafts and food vendors will be lined up Fourth Street from Andy Devine Ave to Oak Street Friday evening from 4pm to 8pm and all day Saturday! This is the first time vendors will be present near the Andy Devine Days Parade route, which rolls from 10am to noon. Beale Celebrations is also hosting a Travel Expo Friday and Saturday, where you can check out all the Best things to do along old Route 66!
Following the parade, the Anderson Ford & Lincoln Best of the West Car Show will start lining up classics and cruisers on Beale Street from 3rd to 5th Streets. Car show registration is $20 per car, forms are available online. The car show will close up at with awards at 6pm, just as the 32nd Annual Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo kicks off at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
Andy Devine Days is a PRCA Turquoise Circuit Rodeo taking place the final qualifying weekend for cowboys to earn points for the NFR. Every year it draws serious bronc and bull riders. An old fashioned barn dance follows the Saturday night show. If you miss the evening rodeo, there’s a second performance at 1pm on Sunday.
“There are so many fun and free things going on this year” says Festival Chairman Josh Noble. “We asked for this festival and sponsors lined up and said ‘yes, Kingman needs this!’” This Best of the West Fest title sponsors are Kingman Regional Medical Center and Grand Canyon Resort Corp.
For more information, visit www.bestoftheweston66.com or call the Kingman Tourism Department at 928.753.6106.
CONTACT: Joshua Noble, Tourism Director
City of Kingman Tourism Department