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Yarnell Daze festival set for Saturday, May 9

The 46th annual Yarnell Daze, a Mountaintop Festival, which offers a fun day for all ages, is scheduled for May 9. Yarnell, a friendly community that sits at a 4,800-foot elevation, provides a welcome escape from the heat of the desert. Nestled 35 miles south of Prescott and 25 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 89, Yarnell Daze attracts visitors from all over Arizona-and beyond.

Yarnell Daze 2015 begins at 9 a.m., with a 10 a.m. parade on Highway 89-our Main Street. The Beer Garden and Food Court will feature live entertainment including Bill Dutcher, Tripwire, Chad Freeman & Redline, and Astarte Belly Dancers. A second stage showcases additional musicians and entertainers, including Mort Berkowitz the Hypnotist.

For younger visitors, Michael the Magician at the library will be followed by games and contests at the KidZone. There will be something for everyone: a car show with a people's choice award, a juried art show for local artists, a 'Go Green' Zone, 50/50 raffle, Fire department relays between three local departments, vendors with a wide variety of goods, a health and wellness zone, Dan's Iris Garden, antiques market at Days of Vintage, unique shops and more. Don't miss a visit to Carraro's Grotto and St Joseph's Shrine.

Yarnell became known to many after the Yarnell Hill Fire of June 30, 2013, which took the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots and destroyed more than 120 homes. The community is slowly recovering. Approximately a third of the destroyed homes have been, or are in the process of, being rebuilt, new businesses have opened and new homeowners are being charmed by Yarnell's quiet streets, enormous boulders and four seasons.

In the works is the Yarnell Hill Memorial Park, a "downtown" memorial to honor the fallen Hotshots and the homeowners who lost everything they had. Local nonprofits are still feeling the strain of trying to help rebuild the community, so this year's Festival also features a silent auction to benefit these organizations:

Yarnell Community Center, which delivers meals to homebound and elderly citizens;

People Who Care, which provides transportation to the elderly or ill who don't have transportation or are unable to drive to doctor appointments and/or shopping;

Petey's Playground, which shelters animals when the owner is hospitalized or can no longer care for their beloved pet; and

Yarnell Food Bank - provides food boxes for our local residents.

Have fun and enjoy a beautiful day, knowing that your presence helps to revitalize the community. Join us in Yarnell between mile marker 276 and 278 on Highway 89, between Wickenburg and Prescott.

For additional information, call 928-277-6674, www.y-pvchamber.com or infoonthehill@gmail.com.

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