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Arizona's boss beach party: Labor Day Luau at the Firehouse Plaza is becoming 'da kine, bra'

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From left, Carolina Quiroz, 11, Andrea Pozos, 8, and Anna Rebeca Valle, 8, visiting Prescott from Sonora, Mexico dance with hula-hoops during the 2012 Firehouse Luau.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> From left, Carolina Quiroz, 11, Andrea Pozos, 8, and Anna Rebeca Valle, 8, visiting Prescott from Sonora, Mexico dance with hula-hoops during the 2012 Firehouse Luau.

It's time to bust out those Hawaiian shorts and hula skirts.

Expect a lot of sand on Goodwin Street starting Saturday morning, as truck after truck will haul the stuff into town, bringing a little bit of the beach to downtown Prescott for the 4th Annual Labor Day Luau.

Luau coordinator Steve Gottlieb said the event is quickly becoming a downtown Prescott institution. Luau sand will be delivered by local construction company CLM. Terrasole will landscape and level the sand.

"The hardest thing is getting it here. It's on a level pitch, so you have to get it level," Gottlieb said. "They will start at 4 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. CLM is providing the sand free of charge. It will be anywhere from 8 to 12 inches deep. The players can go into it and they won't hit asphalt ever."

The Luau kicks off in downtown Prescott Saturday at 10 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Live music begins at 1 p.m., when Pandemonium gets things moving. Feature band Filabusta is set to start jamming at 8:30 p.m. Look for the event at the corner of Goodwin and Granite Streets at the Old Firehouse Plaza. Fire dancers will end the Luau from 8-8:30 p.m.

This year's Luau features sand volleyball tournaments beginning at 10 a.m. Food includes a clambake, samosas, island smoothies and more. A number of drink offerings will also be on tap, Gottlieb said.

"There's an extension of premise inside Old Firehouse Plaza, so you can drink on the street or you can drink in the plaza. Expect great food, a good time and great drinks," Gottlieb said.

Proceeds from the annual Luau benefit the Prescott Fire Fighters Charities, Camp Courage Burn Camp and the Yavapai Juniors Volleyball Club.

"On Labor Day Weekend it rains one out of every seven years, according to the Farmer's Almanac, so we're planning on getting some rain. We've got a massive 20-foot by 40-foot tent, tables and chairs, so people can avoid the 15 minute shower and get back to volleyball," Gottlieb said.

Prizes will be awarded to volleyball tournament winners in first, second and third place categories. Registrations for the tournaments begin at 9 a.m. Players can also register online at www.playyjs.com.

"We've also got a $500 shopping spree that someone can win to the Old Firehouse Plaza. They go around, check in with all the merchants, and that makes them eligible for the raffle drawing," Gottlieb said.

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