Prescott Valley's 40th Anniversary
Come celebrate with us!
On August 22, 1978, 60 percent of Prescott Valley’s residents voted to incorporate, with just over 1,520 residents. Today, Prescott Valley has more than 45,000 residents, and the community is celebrating with an entire year of festivities.
To commemorate its progress, the Town kicked off the year with a blowout New Year’s celebration. More than 500 people enjoyed ice skating at the PV Event Center, roasting marshmallows, a huge bonfire, games, an emergency vehicle and first responder display for the kids, and two fireworks displays. The Polar Bear Splash on January 6 saw 65 hardy souls hit the chilly waters of Mountain Valley Splash pool, and a host of extremely hairy men competed for the annual Ice Princess title!
The next big event was the annual EGGstravaganza and Family Arts Festival in March. On the lawns of the Prescott Valley Civic Center, visitors enjoyed creative games and art, prizes, and thousands of eggs for kids to hunt.
A big Arbor Day celebration on April 27th at Bob Edwards Park saw tree planting fun for the kids and a free tree sapling to the first 500 in attendance.
May's Prescott Valley Days featured a “ruby anniversary” celebration with a Wizard of Oz-themed parade, a Fiesta del Pueblo with Hispanic entertainment and food, a fire show, and a Ranch to Table dinner highlighting locally grown ingredients.
Summer Movies Under the Stars series at the Civic Center will culminate June 30 with a special memorial showing of Only the Brave, honoring the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots on the 5th anniversary of their deaths fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.
June’s annual Woofstock pet adoption event on the Civic Center grounds, sponsored by Prescott Dog Magazine, saw some 46 dogs find their forever homes.
The July annual fireworks are CANCELLED due to extreme fire danger, but the day of fun has been moved to the PV Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle, and is sure to be spectacular. We’re talking a free concert with music by the Ping Brothers Bluegrass Band, and contemporary favorites by the popular local 5 in the Wheel band, a huge fun and games zone for children and adults, kid’s crafts and lots of food and drink for all! The activities will go on from 3-9 p.m.
The 4th Fun Zone is brought to you by Hero Party Rentals. It’s FUN for the whole family with cool things to do all day, including obstacle course, water slides, bounce houses, rides and more, all unlimited, and for one low price of only $15 per person. For everyone’s safety, please no alcohol, glass or pets.
Prescott Valley Public Library’s first-ever Comic Con event, Fandomania, on July 28 is expected to draw more than 1,000 people to the library, Civic Center and adjacent Northern Arizona University satellite campus.
In August, the month of incorporation, a spectacular celebration is on tap at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Two days of events will include Saturday stage entertainment by local children’s groups, Heart and Abba tribute bands, and other live music and performances, a huge car show, inflatable fun from Heroes Party Rentals, a Hollywood Squares-style show sponsored by the PV Chamber of Commerce, and an Antique Road Show-style event, sponsored by the PV Historical Society. Sunday’s lineup will include a Cowboy Church service at the Theater on the Green, a toe-tapping Gospel choir showcase, a wedding vow renewal presided over by the magistrate judge, and a picnic on the grounds. Each of the weekend’s two days of fun will include plenty of food, with some gustatory delights supplied by area ethnic cooks.
The Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation Department is looking for area Car Show Enthusiasts, Artists and Crafters Opens a New Window. , Food Vendors, Entertainers Opens a New Window. , and Non-Profits Opens a New Window. who would like to be a part of the 40th Anniversary Pinnacle Weekend event. Don't miss a chance to highlight your talents and your organization to the thousands of people expected to attend this event.
Finally, Gold Fever Days at historical Fain Park in October will feature tours of the park’s mining display and vintage cavalry town site, nearby Indian ruins, live entertainment and gold panning.
View vignettes of Prescott Valley's early residents filmed sharing their memories by Prescott Valley’s Community Access Channel 56 on social media and the Town’s website.
Watch the Town of Prescott Valley Facebook page, the website at www.pvaz.net, Twitter page @prescottvly for updates and times of events, or call Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation at 928-759-3090 for more information.