Steve and Mary Taylor, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit with a child during Christmas time. Mary Tayor/File Photo
KINGMAN — Wondering what Santa’s doing at the college in May?
Crusin’ Back to the College car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25 at Mohave Community College, 1971 Jagerson Ave.
The AZ Claus Cause, a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization, will be hosting the fourth annual Memorial Day weekend event. The group is raising money to fund charitable visits with Santa Claus during the Christmas season.
Every year, during the Christmas season, Santa and Mrs. Claus show up in their 1927 Ford T Bucket “sleigh” and spread holiday cheer to children and the elderly. Last year they visited with about 1,900 children and gave out 32 Angel Tree gift bags. They visit hospitals, nursing homes and the college.
Mary Taylor, also known as Mrs. Claus, said she whole-heartedly believes in magic.
“I believe in children and their ability to change the world,” said Taylor. “I believe that with love, and a little magic, it gives them hope. The state that our world is in right now, I think love and magic are important. I believe in Santa, because I’m married to him. I’ve seen the magic happen when he interacts with the children.”
The show will take place at the east end of the college and will feature a record number of cars and trucks. Cars will be on display (old and new) throughout the event. Some of the vehicles showcased are cars, trucks, motorcycles and camp trailers.
Vendors will include LipSense, Color Streak, crafts and crocheted items, snap jewelry, Gold Canyon Candles, rock painting and raffles.
Food will be provided by the college’s Bighorn Café. The menu includes a cheeseburger, chips and a drink for $8. They will also offer a hot dog, chips and drink for $5. In the morning, fresh cinnamon rolls will be provided with coffee for $5.
They have partnered with the Kingman Running Club to provide a 5K run/walk. The 5K will begin at 7 a.m. Registration for the 5K will take place from 6-6:55 a.m. The race will start by Building 102 on the pavement and will head out toward the desert trails behind the college.
Race participants will be able to pick up the early registration packet from 5 to 8 p.m. May 24 at Building 102 at the college.
“Daily, we get someone who comes up and whispers to us,” said Taylor. “It’s heartwarming and gut wrenching to listen to some of the things the kids tell us. Every year, there’s a special story that takes place where we can actually see the magic.”
For more information on the race, visit https://www.active.com/kingman-az/running/distance-running-races/hot-rod-5k-run-walk-2019?int=72-3-A2 or call Chris Brady at 937-304-9357.
For more information on the event, call Mary Taylor at 928-263-7167.