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Celebrate Prescott Valley Days May 9 thru 12
Prescott Valley days engages youth, adults

Entrants in the 40th annual Prescott Valley Days Parade Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Jason Wheeler/Tribune)

Entrants in the 40th annual Prescott Valley Days Parade Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Jason Wheeler/Tribune)

From the Ranch to Table event Thursday, May 9 to the Prescott Valley Farmers Market Sunday, May 12, it’s time to celebrate Prescott Valley with the 41st annual Prescott Valley Days marking the town’s anniversary.

The theme this year is “Building Our Future,” said Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Marnie Uhl. A lot of hard work has been put into incorporating activities that engage the youth, Uhl said.

“When we look at Prescott Valley, we’re growing,” she said. “We’re building our future not only in a communitywide sense, but let’s build our future with our young people and empower them and bring them as part of the community.”

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Entrants in the 40th annual Prescott Valley Days Parade Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Jason Wheeler/Tribune)

It all takes place in the Prescott Valley Entertainment District, 3001 Main St. Suite 2B.

Kicking off the event Thursday is Ranch to Table as a way to say this is Prescott Valley, it’s our home and let’s celebrate with dinner, Uhl said. The second annual Ranch to Table, the dinner will consist of locally raised beef, farm-grown vegetables, wines and beer. It takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., tickets are $75 and reservations can be made by calling the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce at 928-772-8857.

The carnival also opens at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Friday, May 10, is the third annual Fiesta Del Pueblo sponsored by the Azteca Market, featuring entertainment, dancers, street tacos and a beer and beverage garden. The carnival opens at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, May 11, the Prescott Valley Days parade starts at 9 a.m. followed by the Bear Dash 5K Run/Walk at the Findlay Toyota Center, 3201 N. Main St. at 10:30 a.m. and the carnival opening at 11 a.m. In keeping with the theme of bringing the young people together as part of the community, there will be activities for them throughout Saturday, such as a dunk tank run by the Bradshaw Mountain High School Student Council from 1 to 3 p.m., a DJ playing more contemporary music with karaoke and dancing from 4 to 7 p.m., and two heats in the wing-eating contest for the younger crowd, Uhl said. The eating contest begins at 3 p.m. with three heats offered for ages 8 to 13, 13 to 21, and 21 and older.

The celebration Saturday continues until the Eagles cover band, South of Winslow, finishes at 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, sees a partnership with the Prescott Valley Farmers Market to add something more to Sunday other than just the carnival, which opens at noon, Uhl said.

“We tend to find Sunday is family day, people will come to the carnival after church or after breakfast,” she said. “We said ‘Okay, well, here’s an additional thing to do,’ and we added them and included them in all our marketing and advertising.”

The Prescott Valley Farmers Market begins at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Other than Farm to Table and the carnival, the weekend’s activities are free, Uhl said. There’ll also be food trucks and vendors there.

“It’s going to be a perfect, fabulous weekend with something for everyone,” Uhl said. “It’s a beautiful way to celebrate Prescott Valley.”

For more information about Prescott Valley Days, call the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce at 928-772-8857.

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