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PV marks 30th anniversary with festivities

Jo. L. Keener/The Daily Courier<br>
The town of Prescott Valley hosted a Kinetic Sculpture Race in 2007.

Jo. L. Keener/The Daily Courier<br> The town of Prescott Valley hosted a Kinetic Sculpture Race in 2007.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The town government and civic groups plan to mark the community's 30th anniversary this weekend with three events culminating with a fireworks display Sunday evening.

Town officials opted to conduct the festivities this weekend, instead of the Aug. 22 anniversary of incorporation, because of the three events: the first Creative Energy Fair, the third annual Kinetic Sculpture Race and the World Arts Festival, now in its sixth year. All events are free to the public.

In preparation for the events, town officials will close Lakeshore Drive from East to West Civic Circle and Lake Valley Road from Florentine Road to Lakeshore Drive from 7:30 p.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Sunday.

The energy fair sprang from a "brainstorming" session that Town Manager Larry Tarkowski conducted July 22 to seek ideas from the public on how to reduce dependence on foreign oil. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Tim's Toyota Center,3201 N. Main St.

The fair will draw between 50 to 60 vendors from both the tri-city and the Phoenix areas, said town planner Ruth Mayday, who is organizing the event.

"We have everything from a gas-fired bicycle to complete solar-powered unit for a home," Mayday said. "We have everything from the guy who is doing solar battery work in his garage to (representatives from) APS and UniSource (Energy Services)," she said.

Some vendors will give demonstrations on how to install solar panels, Mayday said.

Mayday said town officials opted to conduct the energy fair on the same weekend as the kinetic race and arts festival to draw more people to town. She added the second annual Flagstaff Sustainable Living Fair is taking place the same weekend.

"We would like to see this become an annual event," Mayday said.

The energy fair and the kinetic race are to start at the same time Saturday. However, race organizer Cynthia Jones advises spectators to arrive an hour earlier at 9 a.m.

The race, featuring people-powered contraptions, will follow a new route this year because of the ongoing construction activity of the new library at Lakeshore Drive and Civic Circle, Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty said.

Event officials moved the race from the Civic Center grounds to "Fain Flats" across Lakeshore, so named because the Fain Signature Group owns the property.

The race route will follow a dirt strip along Main Street to Sundogs Boulevard, Witty said.

Asked how long it will take, Witty said. "It depends on how fast people can pedal."

Also new this year is the Tumbleweed Queen, Meredith Hughes, who will reign and represent the race throughout the year, said Jones. Both women work at NorthCentral University, an online college based in Prescott Valley.

This year's event will feature 12 entries, up from nine in 2007, Jones said.

"It's adults at play," Jones said. "It's a lot of fun and a treat."

The race kicks off the arts festival. "Literally, you have to come to both days to see all the entertainment," said Witty, who expects 5,000 to 8,000 people to attend.

New entertainment includes Saturday performances at noon by Metropolis - winner of the town's Battle of the Bands contest - and 5:30 p.m. by Apple, a Beatles tribute band.

Also new is an autograph session at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with mascots representing sports teams, businesses and town entities, Witty said. The festival also will offer a car show on both days and inflatable playground equipment Sunday.

Witty said a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Sunday will conclude the festivities.

"It's called a ground-level fireworks display, shooting only four to six stories in the air," Witty said.

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