Arizona Centennial events in Prescott run Sept. 16-18

Posted on by az100

8/31/2011 10:49:00 AM

It’s the Arizona party of the century!  Wayne Newton, Jordin Sparks, Nils Lofgren and more kick off Arizona’s 100 Years celebrations at the free Arizona Best Fest in Prescott Sept. 16-18.


Downtown Prescott — the largest event footprint in Prescott history!

Fri., Sept. 16, 5-10 pm

Sat., Sept. 17, 10 am-10 pm

Sun., Sept. 18, 11am – 6pm


Easy parking & shuttle access:  East side parking: Frontier Village.  West side parking: Rodeo Grounds


Arizona Best Fest Series is a ‘Best of Arizona’ showcase — a multimillion-dollar combo traveling museum and mini ‘Arizona world’s fair’

Discover Arizona as you’ve never seen it – the wonderment of Arizona history and its future

Discover & Explore…Biggest traveling showcase-of-Arizona in history.

·         History Pavilion.  See Arizona through the eyes of pioneers – how they lived, how they made Arizona their home

· Military Pavilion. Learn about our warriors – World War II Bushmasters, which was an Arizona National Guard battalion; and of course the Rough Riders – who volunteered for that duty with Teddy Roosevelt!

·  Renewable Energy.  See how Arizona is emerging as a leader in Solar Energy, presented by APS

· Science & the Future.  See Arizona ingenuity in NASA’s Mars Lander and planetary rover, produced and presented by the University of Arizona

·  Natural Resources.  Experience a tour of Arizona climate zones -forest, desert – even a virtual fly-over of the Grand Canyon, presented by Resolution Copper

· Family Fun Zone. Featuring magicians, clowns, children’s activities presented by Shamrock Farms

· Entertainment.  On 8 stages

· Hispanic Village.  With food demos, Viva Arizona! Dancer, traditional equestrian dancer in Los Charros tradition…

· Native American Village.  Representing the traditions and dwellings of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations, presented by Giant

· Western Town.  Several gunfights acting and re-enacting, saloon, western entertainment, horses stagecoaches, presented by Discount Tire

· Wine & Beer Gardens.  Arizona Wine Tasting by Arizona Wine Growers Association

·         AZ 100 Best Art Show.  Presented by Mountain Artists Guild and Prescott Council on the Arts & Humanities

· Biplane Formation Flyovers. Sat. 2pm & 5pm; Sun. 2pm


Fri., 4pm — The artwork of the USPS ‘forever’ stamp to be unveiled at the Courthouse steps


Special appearance by the Official Arizona Centennial Mascot the Copper

Chopper onsite for entire 3-day event

Mainstage Highlights

Fri. Sept. 16 — Nils Lofgren, The Tubes

Sat., Sept. 17 — Jordin Sparks, Jerry Riopelle – plus a retrospective ‘Salute to Arizona’

Sun., Sept. 18 — Wayne Newton

For the full free lineup and information, visit or

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