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Come and “Fall” for Lake Havasu City
Published: August 17, 2011
As the temperature falls in September, Lake Havasu City, just 2-1/4 hours south of Las Vegas, becomes the center of some “cool” activities for visitors. Autumn brings to Arizona’s “coastline” a variety of events including a boating concert and festival, JetSki® racing, a major car show, and a 40th anniversary celebration of the world famous London Bridge relocated stone-by-stone to this resort city in 1971. Here’s a look at what’s in store for those who venture to this desert oasis over the next two months:
AquaPalooza Concert and Festival, Sept. 17
Lake Havasu City becomes the center of boating when the AquaPalooza festival and concert comes to town on Sept. 17, 2011. This traveling on-the-water celebration of all things marine visits over 100 locations nationwide. Headlining the entertainment at a family friendly country music concert is Grand Ole Opry star Craig Morgan, a mainstay on the charts with an impressive body of work that includes fourteen Top Ten hits – including fan-favorites “Redneck Yacht Club,” ”Almost Home,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” and “Tough.”
Created by Sea Ray Boats, AquaPalooza is free and open to all boaters and non-boaters (non-boaters be sure and bring a raft or inner tube). It’s the world’s largest boating event with fun activities for all ages including a pro wakeboard show, Hyperlite wakeboard demos, new boat demos, poker run, kids’ contests, BBQ, prizes, vendors, giveaways, and more. Headquarters is the Nautical Beachfront Resort from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. AquaPalooza is sponsored locally by Sun Country Marine and KFRG Radio.
Super Bowl of “JetSkis,” Oct. 1-9
The International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) World Finals, held here every year since 1982, is the focal point of personal watercraft (aka “JetSki”) racing in the world. Seven hundred competitors from over 40 countries race on closed, slalom, freestyle, endurance/offshore and drag racing courses in front of thousands of fans lining the scenic Lake Havasu shoreline.
Personal watercraft racing is similar to motocross, but on a race course that constantly changes every lap thanks to the churning wakes and waves created by as many as two dozen high-powered jet-driven water rockets flying through the water and air.
Some of these finely tuned craft are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour on the straight-aways. Then, an instant later, they have to decelerate and negotiate an intricate maze of tight left and right hand turns around a buoyed course.
Sponsored by Quakysense, the event is headquartered at the Crazyhorse Campgrounds and Resort and is a brew of speed, sun, and water plus hundreds of tanned and well-trained athletes riding the fastest watercraft on the planet (For more information: www.ijsba.com).
London Bridge is Not Falling Down, Oct. 14
No sir. Quite the contrary. The iconic signature attraction of Lake Havasu City has stood for centuries and is better than ever, if not a bit haunted here and there. On Oct. 14, a rededication ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the relocation of the London Bridge (considered the “World’s Largest Antique”) to Lake Havasu City.
This will be a lighthearted take on the original ceremony, with actors playing the roles of Lake Havasu City founder Robert P. McCulloch, the Lord Mayor of London, and even the Queen.
Kids take note: look for eerily authentic-looking replica heads of those poor unfortunate souls beheaded and displayed on the bridge when it sat in London. And, in keeping with the history of the bridge in Lake Havasu City, the ceremony will conclude with all participants demonstrating a pledge of friendship by drinking wine from a large, silver loving cup. (For more information: www.golakehavasu.com).
London Bridge Days, Oct. 15
This annual parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Oct. 15, takes on special meaning as the London Bridge turns 40. The approximately 1.5 mile procession, themed “London Bridge….Spanning 40 Years,” includes colorful parade floats vying for top prizes. This is small town America at its finest with marching bands, politicians kissing babies, fire trucks, police cars, and ambulance corps flashing red, white and blue.
Gathering of Gearheads, Oct. 19-23
Dust off your fuzzy dice. The 34th annual Run to the Sun Car Show, cruise and gearhead gathering for autos circa 1972 and older is Oct. 19 through 23. It includes a Run to the Sun rally organized by the Relics & Rods Car Club to benefit local charities. A car show, cruise night, sock hop, a Poker Run, swap meet, fashion show, parties, prizes and vendors selling auto accessories will all be a part of the five-day celebration of the American automobile. Host hotel is The Nautical Beachfront Resort. (For more information: relicsandrods.com)
About Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, three hours driving time from Phoenix, 2-1/4 hours south of Las Vegas and four to five from the Los Angeles region, attracts 775,000 visitors a year thanks to its dry, desert weather, more than 300 sunny days a year, a range of restaurants and lodging, and a boatload of special events.
For more information on Lake Havasu City, Arizona’s only waterfront resort destination, including a 2014-15 calendar of events, visit golakehavasu.com or call 928-453-3444. Also find Lake Havasu City online at facebook.com/lakehavasucityarizona and twitter.com/golakehavasu. Photos of dozens of images of local recreational activities, restaurants, lodging and scenery are available upon request.