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10/4/2012 10:32:00 PM
Editorial: A weekend built for speed

Correction: The Friday, Oct. 5 editorial should have said the Alzheimer's Walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. For information, call Meg Fenzi at (928) 771-9257.

The MS Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Yavapai College. For information, call Lynette Baker at (480) 455-3962.

Fall is in the air all right. But don't hang up the shorts and sneakers just yet. In fact, given the local lineup this weekend, running shoes might be appropriate. That's because a plethora of outdoor events are taking place this weekend, and you wouldn't want to miss a one.

The most noticeable, loudest and certainly most visible of these events is the Prescott Oktoberfest. Anyone going downtown between noon and closing time at 7 p. m. Saturday won't be able to miss it because it will be taking place right in the middle of Gurley Street, in between Cortez and Montezuma streets. Organized by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the event will feature more than 65 types of beer, plenty of food and music by a pair of popular local bands, Southbound and Filabusta.

But wait! Before going to sample the brews, it might be a good idea to head for Watson Lake and the City of Prescott's latest event, Prescott's Great Outdoors. This affair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is meant to highlight many of the off-the-couch and water-based recreational opportunities Everybody's Hometown has to offer. It will feature clinics, exhibits and guided excursions. No matter what a body likes to do to keep itself moving, it will likely be on display, spread out around beautiful Watson Lake Park. And, of course, there will be music here as well, with several local bands playing on Saturday, including the soon-to-be-former Big Daddy D & The Dynamites, and popular acts the Shri Blues Band and Road 1 South performing on Sunday.

But, like the emcee said: Wait, there's more!

There is an Alzheimer's Walk Saturday, with registration starting at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. event at at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. For information, call Meg Fenzi at (928) 771-9257.

There is also the 34th annual Sharlot Hall Museum Music Festival, which starts tonight with a tribute to Woody Guthrie at the Elks Opera House and continues on the museum grounds through Sunday, featuring more pickers than you can grin at.

And, there's a pre-Halloweenish event Saturday at Citizen's Cemetery on Sheldon Street called, innocently enough, the Yavapai Cemetery Association's Cemetery Walk. In this one, actors in period dress portray actual people who are buried in the city's oldest graveyard.

Down the highway, there's the Agua Fria Festival at Mortimer's Family Farm in Dewey on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. They'll have hayrides, a parade, lots of food and even a politically painted car folks can smash with a sledgehammer.

And if all that's not enough, Dogtoberfest is happening on the plaza on Sunday. With any luck, most or all of the beer will be gone by then.

One late addition to this editorial is the MS Walk, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Yavapai College. For information, call Lynette Baker at (480) 455-3962.

We don't know about everybody else, but we can't wait until Monday, when we can go back to work and get some rest.

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