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The Hot Chick team shows why it won the Best Team Spirit trophy in the 2006 Prescott Valley Kinetic Sculpture Race.

The Hot Chick team shows why it won the Best Team Spirit trophy in the 2006 Prescott Valley Kinetic Sculpture Race.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Human-powered roving sculptures and multi-cultural entertainment can mean only one thing - the Prescott Valley World Arts Festival.The two-day free event at the Prescott Valley Civic Center features a variety of musical groups, food vendors, beer tasting, artists selling their wares and master of ceremonies Persephone presenting loads of activities in the kids' tent.The wacky Kinetic Sculpture Race kicks it all off at 10 a.m. Saturday.African Drum and Dance troupe Kawambe-Omowale returns this year, performing at 1 p.m. after a noon performance by Japanese Sword Dancer Kenshindojo after the sculpture race.Celtic band Iona performs from 3 to 5 p.m.Other entertainers performing on either of the two stages Saturday and Sunday include Bellydancers, The Gypsy Chicks from Camp Verde, Bagpiper Tom Watts, The Rave, Pam and Dave, and Meadowlark.Assorted additional attractions include Doggie Fashion Show, Jimbo the Magician and Reptile Adventures.The kids' tent will feature kids' interactive music, magic stilt walkers, puppets and more.Starting the festivities off on a humorous note, organizers expect 10 or more people-powered works of art racing around the Civic Center grounds in the Kinetic Sculpture Race.Judges will select winners in categories such as Least Slow, Most Artistic and Best Theme Exercising Your Imagination, competing for hand-made trophies from Kirkland sculptor Rick Hartner.Racers will navigate a dirt course fortified with bumps and bogs to retrieve a stone and take it to the finish line.Persephone's Bicycle Band will perform during the race."I hope everyone comes out to this free, wonderful annual event the town of Prescott Valley sponsors, because we'll have another great lineup of music, food and art," said Rex Ijams, Prescott Valley recreation coordinator.Reporter Ken Hedler helped with this story.Contact the reporter at
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