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Something for everyone at Arizona’s oldest festival

One of the Shady Ladies shoots a Prescott Regulator during a shootout at the 109th Annual Agua Fria Festival. (Jason Wheeler/Kudos)

One of the Shady Ladies shoots a Prescott Regulator during a shootout at the 109th Annual Agua Fria Festival. (Jason Wheeler/Kudos)

There’s something for everyone at this year’s Agua Fria Festival, Arizona’s oldest and longest running festival, according to Event Chairman Sue Palacios.

“(It’s) Just a fun day for the whole entire family,” Palacios said. It has “everything and anything that you might want.”

Now in its 111th year and put on by the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society, the festival starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 on Main Street in Dewey-Humboldt and promises a full schedule all day long. The Old West Parade starts at 10 a.m. with the Scottish-American Military Society as the honor guard and prospector Woody Wampler as the grand marshal, Palacios said. There’s plenty of entries in the parade too including trucks, wagons, horses, clowns and the Dewey Classic Cruisers, she said.

The Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies are set to have shows throughout the day and square dancers from Cottonwood and Prescott are going to be dancing at 11 a.m.


Steve Short, a member of the Gold Prospectors Association of America's Phoenix Chapter, demonstrates the craft of panning for gold at the 109th Annual Agua Fria Festival. (Jason Wheeler/Prescott Valley Tribune)

“They’re going to do a demo and grab people from the sidelines,” Palacios said. “They’ll grab you and teach you how to do square dancing.”

Also expected is cowboy poetry with Don Ferwalt at 11:45 a.m. along with three poets of the future from Humboldt Elementary School, Palacios said. The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society put on a contest with the school’s kids and the three poets will get to recite their poetry with recognition from Ferwalt at the festival, she said.

There’s a silent auction at 2 p.m. as well. Live music by Fireside Blue Grass will be performed throughout the day and attendees have the chance to win the Best Beard & Mustache contest; Best Western Attire contest; Chili Cook Off; raffles, including a 50/50 raffle, and a gold nugget from the prospectors.

“It’s the real thing,” Palacios said, also mentioning the prospectors will be on hand teaching people how to pan for gold.

With all of the above as well as lots of arts and crafts, woodcrafters, a working blacksmith, fun games for kids and food vendors, she said.

Admission buttons can be purchased for $2 from Jackie Boyz Little Italy, 12910 Main St., and from Gifts & Games, 2735 Highway 69. Buttons are $3 the day of the event and kids 12 and under are free.

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