Archive for August, 2017

Valley residents can be forgiven if they don’t bemoan the end of summer like people in the cold country. While there are still plenty of weeks of triple digit temperatures left, at least Labor Day signals the beginning of the end of scorching hot steering wheels and oven-like car temperatures. Labor Day also offers the last three-day holiday that desert dwellers can get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures in other parts of the state. Before you head to the mountains, make sure and get your oil changed and fluids topped off at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships.

Coconino County Fair in Flagstaff

One of the biggest Labor Day events around the state is the annual Coconino County Fair, held in the fairgrounds just outside Flagstaff. Along with rides and plenty of deep-fried food to sabotage your diet, the Fair is a chance for local youth and ranchers to showcase their year’s work. The main stage comes alive each night with live bands, headlined by Mogollon on Friday and Snake Oil on Saturday evening. Admission tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for youths and seniors. A free shuttle from the Northern Arizona University campus offers a hassle-free way to enjoy the fair without fighting traffic.

Head to Pine/Strawberry for Arts and Crafts

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild is once again putting on the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Pine. Located just a short drive north of Payson, Pine offers cool temperatures to go along with a pancake breakfast, juried vendor booths and plenty of other food and beverages. Head north on State Route 87 through Strawberry to get to Forest Road 3, which will provide a scenic drive into Flagstaff if you want to hit both festivals. If you head up on Saturday, stop in at the Payson Farmer’s Market to stock up on all kinds of fresh produce, free range beef and baked goods.

Prescott Offers Faire on the Square

Head to the former state capitol for cool weather and a fun holiday weekend as Prescott offers Faire on the Square under the shade of the large elm trees through the Labor Day weekend. There will be more than 125 arts and crafts vendors displaying their wares, along with plenty of food and entertainment. Take a little extra time and explore the surrounding area before you head home. The Prescott area has miles of popular trails to explore, so pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the weekend.

Remember that the triple digit temperatures have taken their toll on your vehicle, so before you head out it’s important to stop at any Chapman Arizona dealership to check your fluid levels and tire pressure. A moment of prevention is worth an ounce of cure and can keep your holiday weekend dream trip from becoming a nightmare.

August is a great time to live in Arizona, mainly because you know that summer is on the downward slope and the cooler days of fall are just weeks ahead. But August is also a time when the monsoons rear their ugly head, bringing rain and dust to various parts of the state. Rain is usually welcome, but the dust walls that look like something out of a horror movie can bring an end-of-the-world type experience to unsuspecting motorists. The folks at Chapman Arizona urge you to follow the slogan “pull aside-stay alive” if you should run into a dust storm.

Pull Aside – Stay Alive

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises anyone involved in a dust storm to follow these simple steps:

• As soon as you encounter a dust storm, check all around your vehicle and begin to slow down as safely as possible.

• Pull off the paved part of the roadway as far as you can.

• TURN OFF all lights. Get your foot off the brake and do not turn on your flashers. Other motorists may see a glint of light through the dust and follow you, causing a collision.

• Set your emergency brake.

• Stay in your vehicle with your seat belt fastened until the storm passes. Safely get back on the highway and continue to your destination.

Prepare Your Vehicle

The route between Phoenix and Tucson is particularly sensitive to dust storms this time of the year, especially in the late afternoon. If you need to travel I-10 south for any reason, take a few steps to prepare your car in case you need to pull off the road for an extended period of time. Take some water for your passengers and an extra gallon jug in case the car overheats. Some snacks such as protein bars and nuts are an excellent idea, especially if you have kids with you. Before you head out, take your car to any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a quick service check. Make sure your hoses and belts are all in tip top condition and the wiper blades are working properly. As part of an oil change service, the Chapman Arizona technicians will make sure all the fluids are topped off and you’re good to head out in the desert. Whatever you do, if you encounter a dust storm, be patient. The storms usually pass within 15 minutes to an hour and the road will be clear for you to continue on your way.