WINSLOW, Ariz. - Winslow's Standin' on the Corner Festival takes place Friday and Saturday in Winslow, an annual event that started in 1999, which coincided with the unveiling of a mural and statue in the park.
The Kaufman family donated the property where the park is located. The location was, and still is, in downtown Winslow at Kinsley Avenue and Third Street. John Pugh painted a two-story mural for the park and the iconic, bronze life-size 1970s Rock and Roll guitarist, made by Ron Adamson, was placed over personalized donor bricks.
Over the years, thousands of people have visited the park. The bronze figure is a very popular guy and is constantly photographed by, and with, tourists who have pursued the Eagles' "Take It Easy" melody into Winslow. Every day, summer and winter, the Standin' Corner acts as a magnet, as people of all ages visit the Winslow the Eagles sang about in their hit from 1972. Jackson Brown and Glenn Frey wrote the song that was the band's first single. This 42 year-old song is revered by today's teens, their parents and grandparents alike.
The artworks depict the story behind the song and are supplemented by multi-level planters with built-in seating, native landscaping, trees and lighting. The park includes inscribed bricks sold by the Standin' on the Corner Foundation, allowing purchasers to have a permanent spot on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. The sales of these bricks have made the building and upkeep of this park possible.
Standin' Man can now be seen on I-40, east and west of town on new billboards, enticing travelers to get off the interstate. Historic downtown Winslow is still emblematic of an era when cattle ranching along with railroad, was the main dynamic of high desert Winslow.
This year, the Standin' on the Corner Foundation will announce the winner from it Ms. Flatbed Ford competition. Winslow area students were expected to complete a 500-word essay on what makes Winslow great.
The winner of that competition and the winner of the first-ever Winslow Idol contest will be announced Sept. 27 at 7:45 p.m.
The festival is $2 per person and free for those 12 and under. Throughout the weekend vendors will sell everything from crafts, food, and clothing. A kid's area will feature blow up balloons and rides.
The classes of '74 and '84 will be home for the festival.
Friday night's music is packed full with something for everyone.
From 6-8 p.m. the Tommy Dukes Blues Band kicks off the evening. Dukes was born in Mississippi and raised in Winslow, where he still lives. He is in the Arizona blues Hall of Fame.
Dukes will also be the first act on Winslow's new stage. The foundation and city have been working a long time to get the stage on line.
From 8-10 p.m. the Steven Padilla Band takes over. Padilla's family is all from Winslow. Padilla was raised in Thermopolis, Alabama and he now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He just released his first album called, "Good at Goodbye."
From 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. Pure Prophet closes out the night. Pure Prophet, a classic rock band, is from Flagstaff. They play everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zepplin to The Who and Kansas.
Saturday's line up is just as full and starts in the morning with three local dance groups.
From 9-10 a.m. Northland Pioneer College Aguilera's del Oro Ballet Folklorico takes the stage.
From 10-11 a.m. The High Desert Dance Group (formerly the Winslow Stars) takes over.
From 11 a.m.-noon on the stage is the Water Maidens Hopi Dance Group. They are from Winslow and dance under the direction of Perry Sehongva.
From noon to 1 p.m. a local cover band, Limitless Veneration, plays. They will play some Christian cover music.
From 1 p.m-4 p.m. Winslow's first ever Winslow Idol contest takes place. The contestants will sing three songs apiece and then the judges will pick a winner. All contestants must be from Winslow to compete. There is no age limit so anyone from 6 years old to 80 years old can enter.
From 4-6 p.m. the annual Standin' on the Corner Foundation Auction takes place, which is the big fundraiser for the foundation. The foundation's mission is the redevelopment of Winslow (the mission used to be the redevelopment of just the historic district but it has expanded that mission to include all of Winslow).
From 6 - 8 p.m. local gospel group Sounds of Faith takes the stage with Brenda and Mary Alice Hayes.
From 8 - 10 p.m. a new Eagles cover band, Take it to the Limit, from the Valley takes over. Because the band has included brass in their set this year, they will play new and old Eagles songs.
From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the closing band, sponsored by Winslow Ford, is the Northern Latino Express from Flagstaff.