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Bizarre bike race kicks off World Arts Festival

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Wacky sculptor machine racers pedal to the prize at a past Kinetic Sculpture Race.

The Scene Wacky sculptor machine racers pedal to the prize at a past Kinetic Sculpture Race.

Prescott Valley celebrates its 30th anniversary with The World Arts Festival this weekend.

The free festival kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday, with the Kinetic Sculpture Race.

Continuing with three stages of entertainment until 7 p.m., noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, the event features food and wine from all over the world, about 50 arts and crafts vendors, and other assorted attractions.

Entertainment on the World Arts Festival stage over the weekend ranges from comedy, magic, flamenco, and African drumming and dancing.

Apple, a Beatles tribute band from Phoenix, will rock the Fab Four catalogue at 5:30 p.m.

Entertainment on the 30th Anniversary Stage features eight acts on Saturday, five on Sunday, with the likes of The Bicycle Boogie Band, cover band Metropolis, and the Lynx Creek Cloggers.

The Civic Circle Stage offers more international flavor around 13 attractions including Ballet Folkclorico

Las Mariposas, the Gypsy Chicks, Volante Choral Group and Guitars, Axe Capoeira, and "As You Like It" by the Arizona Shakespearean Tour.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the Festival Lower Level will present a History of Wine and tasting from Australia and Africa starting at 4 p.m.

Sunday's presentations look at wines from California and Spain.

Brian Witty, festival organizer, said the festival invited local vendors from around the state to sell food varieties from all over the world.

"Fain Flats" is where the freak flags fly Saturday

morning, as contestants in the Kinetic Sculpture Race attempt to pedal power and navigate workshop-rigged machines like the "Counterfeit Blues

Mobile (a converted '58 Cadillac) and "Henry Ford Goes Surfing (stretch Model T Ford) through a course across hills and valleys covered with cactus, rocks, a sand trap and other obstacles.

"This is not a race about speed. In fact, the entry that finishes the race first gets the Least Slow trophy," said race organizer, Cynthia Jones.

Last year, judges crowned Three Sheets to the Wind with Crowd Favorite, Best Team Effort, and Most Artistic awards, while The Flitter Critter took the Grand Champion trophy.

The race also awards a team with the most Absolute Disaster, for which plenty of contestants have qualified since the first race three years ago.

The race is themed "Good Green Fun" this year, and will award the entry built with the most creative use of recycled material.

The course begins in a vacant lot between Main Street and Lake Valley near the Civic Center.

Prescott Valley's Arts and Culture Commission and Central University are the two main sponsors of the race.

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