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9/1/2011 10:05:00 PM
Preparations underway for Centennial Gala in Prescott Valley
Baling wire and branding irons (or, the nuts and bolts of the Centennial Gala)
• To keep the price of tickets down, the Gala committee is still looking for sponsors for the event. Several reasonable sponsorship packages remain, from $100 to $5,000, with each successive package providing more benefits. Sponsorship deadline is Nov. 1.

• Attire for the event will be any costume from the past 100 years. For example, Prescott Valley councilwoman Lora Lee Nye said she is contemplating wearing a dress she purchased in 1975 for her 25th high school reunion.

• Gala organizers are decorating on a budget, so they are looking for the loan of any kind of Western gear - saddles, tack, barbed wire, ropes and other cowboy items.

• The committee will set aside an area in the Tim's concourse for county communities to set up booths and showcase their towns.

• Gala organizers are asking each person who has a story to share of Yavapai County past to prepare a three to five minute narration. As soon as the doors open, people will be asked to tell their stories for a videographer. The resulting video will later be available to the public.

• Since the gala will take place on Valentine's Day, a photographer will be available to commemorate the event with individual photos.

• Bob Boze Bell is creating an original piece of art for the Gala. While the committee is still working out the details, Nye said, "In some manner, a local citizen is going to own that art."

For sponsorships, or to donate or loan Western decor items, call Lora Lee Nye at 420-0051.

Heidi Dahms-Foster
Special to The Daily Courier

Tickets are on sale now for Prescott Valley's biggest bash ever, and while the event is fit for a cattle magnate, the price tag is affordable for a cowboy.

The town's Centennial Gala will take place at Tim's Toyota Center on Feb. 14, 2012, and will celebrate Arizona's 100 years of statehood along with Valentine's Day.

Prescott Valley councilwoman Lora Lee Nye has been serving on the committee to organize the Western-themed gala, and she is excited about what she calls "a celebration of history." Anticipation for the event is so great, she said, that the committee has already added 20 tables to the original 60 on the floor of the events center.

Not only will guests enjoy a gourmet meal at the gala, but an all-star lineup of entertainers will keep them enthralled throughout the evening.

Emcee for the gala will be Jim West, who formerly worked for country star Buck Owens' radio station in Phoenix. West is now on the advisory board of the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. During dinner, Hall of Fame member and historian/musician Marshall Trimble will regale guests with stories and songs of the Old West.

After dinner, concert entertainment will include cowboy singer Johnny Western, who formerly toured with the Johnny Cash Show; singer Rex Allen Jr.; and up-and-coming Western girl group Firefly, which won the 2010 Colgate Country Showdown. Firefly has since opened for Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and LeAnn Rimes.

To round out the evening, longtime Arizona country band J. David Sloan and Western Bred will play for those who want to kick up their heels on three dance floors surrounding the dining area.

The night will end with as much excitement as it begins, with a patriotic fireworks display.

The good news in a bad news economy is that the Centennial Gala tickets will go for just $35 per person. Nye said the committee wants to make sure everyone who wants to attend can afford to do so. Those who would like to attend the concert only will pay just $15.

Tickets are available at the Tim's Toyota Center box office, through the Tim's website at timstoyotacenter.com, or from any Centennial committee member. For more ticket information, call Nye at 420-0051.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011
Article comment by: Tom. Tom, Tom...

Sharlot Mabridth Hall spelled her name with an 'S'! the centennial just might be a wonderful time for the people of Arizona, and especially you, too study the history of Arizona. Amazing how you have a little comment on everything!

Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011
Article comment by: hey hey, my my, out of the blue & in to the black

I'll bet everything I've got in my pocket, that Oh my! is the man of steal. The country is 235 years old and Arizona is just now graduating from high school.

Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011
Article comment by: Tom Steele

A great time to review the history of Charlot Hall and the other true pioneers that allowed for the Arizona territory and our state. Hopefully the theme will stay with history of the early days.

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2011
Article comment by: Thanks, but no thanks

Think I'll pass on the "gala" celebration. Even $15.00 is too much for so little, especially if it's at Tims. That's one location I refuse to spend money at. Better luck next centennial.

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2011
Article comment by: Oh my! This is not good.

Not a single blog. Not one. So by waiting till the very end, and with little or no funds set aside for the Centennial ... Prescott Valley's gala celebration is almost as exciting as Prescott's. A sad situation.

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