“Trumpstock” was expected to be a celebration of America’s 45th president this weekend at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. The city of Kingman, however, has since denied a permit for the event, and forced a change of venue for President Trump’s supporters. The event will now take place at a Golden Valley pizza restaurant.
According to officials, the Kingman Police Department rejected Trumpstock organizers’ permit for the event due to insufficient security.
“We’ve had nothing but problems with the city of Kingman,” said organizer Laurie Bezick. “They don’t seem to be as supportive of our president and of veterans as we hoped. First, they said our application wasn’t good enough – even though it was the city clerk who helped me fill it out. Then they had a problem with our event insurance. Now our security isn’t good enough … all of our security are retired law enforcement officers and military. We’ve just had a really hard time with Kingman.”
Bezick believes motivations for rejecting the event’s permit in Kingman may be political, but supporters are rallying to her cause.
“With the politics involved, it seems like when you have a loud voice and a cause, people want to try and keep you quiet,” Bezick said. “It’s extremely unfortunate. But everyone who’s been part of it to begin with has been so helpful. Supporters are circling the wagons, and it’s fantastic.”
The change of location was announced Wednesday on the Mohave County Fairgrounds’ Facebook page. According to event organizer Bezick, Trumpstock is now scheduled to begin Friday at Golden Valley’s Great American Pizza restaurant.
“The pizza place is on several acres of private property,” Bezick said. “It will be really great.”
Great American Pizza, located at 6775 Highway 68, in Golden Valley, has worked with organizers to sell tickets to the event before the change of venue was announced this week.
“We could hold quite a few people here if we have to,” said Great American Pizza owner Robert Hall. “We have about 3.5 acres that could be used, and we’re all about supporting the president here … everyone knows it. (Trumpstock) is welcome to come and use the property.”
According to Hall, the event has already gained a growing interest among Mohave County Republicans, and he’s expecting a large turnout this weekend.
“Lots of people say they’re going to come. I bet there could be a couple thousand,” Hall said. “Trump has a large amount of support in this area, and we just want to help in any way we can.”
The event’s website states that a portion of proceeds will go to first responders and veterans. Bezick, told Arizona Mirror that she is working with Lake Havasu-based non-profit Veterans United Arizona.
Several politicians and political candidates are expected to appear at the event, including U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Prescott), State Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) and Justin Olson, who serves on the Arizona Corporation Commission.
The festival is scheduled to begin 3 p.m. Friday and last until Sunday afternoon, with daily admission of $25 and weekend passes costing $50. For more information about the event, visit https://trumpstock.net, or call 1-602-551-4728.