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Town plans bigger, better Arts Fest, 30th birthday bash

People attending the Sixth Annual World Arts Festival this year are in for a special treat - a birthday party - as Prescott Valley commemorates its 30th anniversary marking the town's 1978 incorporation.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, WAF celebrates a variety of cultural arts found locally, state and worldwide. The free festival includes performances in music, visual and performing arts, crafts, community group demonstrations, youth activities, and a kinetic sculpture race.

Attendees can try an array of ethnic foods, and adults can partake of beverages in the beer and wine tasting gardens.

The Town of Prescott Valley and the PV Arts and Culture Commission have arranged for three stages of scheduled entertainment throughout the 12-acre site that has expanded into Lakeshore Drive and down Lake Valley Road.

An antique and custom car show with about 125 cars will line Lake Valley Road, which will be closed off from Florentine to the Civic Center. Galpin Ford will display vehicles for sale along Lakeshore Drive, also closed to traffic.

Freedom Station will provide six "jumpie" stations free for all ages on Sunday only, from 12-6 p.m. Heritage Zoo will bring several of its residents and their handlers to the festival.

"People can enjoy two days of fun and entertainment, and only need to pay for food, drinks and items for sale by the artists. Everything else is free," said Parks and Rec Director Brian Witty.

The festival begins with the Kinetic Sculpture Race featuring wacky human-powered vehicles that will navigate an obstacle course - for the fun of it - Saturday at 10 a.m.

A ground-level fireworks show in the detention basin area of the Civic Center with six-story high displays ends the birthday celebration at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The festival traditionally brings 5,000-8,000 adults and children to the Civic Center grounds. The town continues its search for artists and crafters wanting to fill one of the 75 available booth spaces.

Witty said so far artists will be selling watercolor paintings, decorative shoes, wind chimes, unique purses, jewelry and nightlights. Artists have reserved 15 booths as of this week.

"We also have a booth doing face painting and offering tattoos," Witty said.

Art lovers can visit booths where Prescott Valley Art Guild members and the Lonesome Valley Quilters will have their handiwork displayed. Others may want to take a self-guided tour of the public sculptures in and around the Civic Center.

Music, dance and drama performances from cultures around the world will provide entertainment on three stages. They include African drummers, Hawaiian dancers, reggae bands, Ballet Folklorico, Flamenco guitarists, and the band Apple, a Beatles tribute band.

The Arizona Shakespeare Company will perform an abbreviated version of "As You Like It" at 11 a.m. on Saturday on the Civic Center Stage. Members of the American Tae Kwon Do will demonstrate martial arts skills, as will the dance/acrobatic martial arts group Axe Capoeira.

Lending another aspect to dramatic performances is the Pooches on Parade and contest on the Main Stage at noon Sunday. The Lynx Creek Cloggers perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Persephone returns with her Bicycle Boogie Band to help get the kinetic sculpture racers juiced and ready to ride Saturday morning. She also entertains on the Main Stage from 11:30 a.m.-noon with her World Arts Band.

Not only will ethnic food be available in the food court area next to the Civic Center building, but people can purchase popcorn, hotdogs and pizza along Lake Valley Drive.

Lonesome Valley Food and Wine is setting up wine-tasting and music entertainment in the Wine Garden. The owners are also providing educational seminars pairing food and wine samples from around the world.

For more information on the World Arts Festival and how you can become part of this enriching festival experience please contact Patricia Chalcraft, PV Parks and Rec at 759-3027.

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