Believe it or not, the plans for Best Fest started almost two years ago, so you can imagine how excited the Centennial team is that it is finally here.
 
The Arizona Best Fest is a series of festivals taking place in Arizona’s three territorial capitols showcasing the “Best of Arizona.” Kicking off in historic downtown Prescott September 16-18, the event will then head to Tucson and finally, Phoenix in 2012.
 
Each event is free to the public, so it is the perfect opportunity for everyone to celebrate Arizona’s 100 Years!
 
The Best Fest Series resembles traveling museums and a mini ‘World’s  Fair’ with nine stages of entertainment, Arizona wineries, craft beers, food and a biplane formation flyover and more!

Stop by any of the pavilions in the square and experience Arizona in a new way: the History Pavilion; Military Pavilion; Natural Resources and Renewable Energy Pavilions; Science & the Future Pavilion produced by the University of Arizona where you’ll see NASA’s Mars Lander and planetary rover (I'm personally the most excited about this display!); the Family Fun Zone; Hispanic Village with Zumba and traditional equestrian dancers (produced by Tucson residents Julie Gallegos and Tim Escobedo); the Native American Village includes Arizona’s 22 tribal nations; and finally, kids and adults will love the Western Town with gunfights from the OK Corral. 
 
With nine stages spread across the event, you can imagine the entertainers we have lined up! You’ll find big name performers such as Nils Lofgren and The Tubes on Friday, Jerry Riopelle and Jordin Sparks on Saturday and closing out the weekend on Sunday, “Mr. Las Vegas”  himself, Wayne Newton!  And it wouldn't be an Arizona celebration unless we included performances from entertainers with Arizona ties like Marshall Trimble, Dolan Ellis, Rex Allen Jr. and many more!

This 3-day street festival is something you don’t want to miss.  We hope to see you in Prescott this weekend. While there, be sure stop by the Centennial merchandise area where we've got all sorts of great Centennial collectable items for sale, from t-shirts and mugs to the Centennial PING putter for golf fanatics!

Now’s the time: Celebrate the Arizona Experience!

Find more information, including a layout of the event and a schedule of all of the performances at each stage when you visit the Centennial website at az100years.org 

Katie Sauer is the Marketing and Media Coordinator for the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation.