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Counting down to Prescott Valley Days

A parade, carnival, takeoff on "American Idol," pancake breakfast, live music and other festivities will mark the 32nd annual Prescott Valley Days event, which begins Thursday evening.

The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce will conduct the four-day festival that observes the 1978 incorporation of Prescott Valley.

As of Monday afternoon, the chamber received 43 entries for the Saturday morning parade, said Marnie Uhl, president and chief executive officer of the chamber.

"They are coming in a lot now," she said.

Parade participants who want to be judged must sign up by 5 p.m. today, she said.

The categories are church, youth, civic-nonprofit, commercial units, custom class cars and marching guards.

The deadline for other parade entrants is noon Friday at the chamber office, 3001 N. Main St., Suite 2A. For more information, call the chamber at 772-8857.

Twenty finalists qualified for the Prescott Valley Idol competition Friday night, Uhl said. They have competed in open-mic nights. Contestants who finish in first to third place will receive trophies, and the winner will take home a $50 cash prize, she said. All finalists will receive gift certificates from Antelope Lanes and free recording time at Studio U, which will open soon in the Entertainment District.

The schedule of events appears as follows:

Thursday

• 6 p.m.: Frazier Shows carnival and games at the Prescott Valley Town Center

Friday

• Noon: Arts and crafts show opens at town center

• 6 p.m.: Carnival and games

• 7 to 10:30 p.m.: PV Idol on Big Stage

Saturday

• 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at Prescott Valley United Methodist Church to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor

• 9 a.m.: Parade begins at Robert Road at intersection of Yavapai Road with the theme "Crazy Daze of Summer." Live broadcast from KDDL 94.3 FM.

• 10 a.m.: Arts and crafts resume; motorcycle show until 4 p.m.

• 11 a.m.: Tractor show and pull by Mile High Tractor and Engine Club at town center

• 1 p.m.: Horse racing begins at Yavapai Downs at Yavapai County Fairgrounds

• 2 p.m.: Carnival and games continue

• 5 p.m.: Beer gardens opens

• 6 p.m.: tractor show and pull

Entertainment on the Big Stage

• Noon: Snappy Tappers

• 12:30 p.m.: Summer's Danceworks

• 1:30 p.m.: Asparte Belly Dance Troupe

• 2 p.m.: Troupe Xharabe

• 2:30 p.m.: Sol de Mexico

• 3 p.m.: Ms. Sue's Dancers

• 4 p.m.: Desert Rose Dancers

• 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Unsure Duo

• 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.: Music by Mogollon

Sunday

• 9 a.m.: Tractor show and pull

• 10 a.m.: Arts and crafts

• 1 p.m.: Horse racing at Yavapai Downs

• 2 p.m.: Carnival and games