July 2008

Parker Area Tourism
'HAPPY DAYS' -- at the Parker Strip in early June included nearly 1,000 registered floaters in the 31st Annual Great Western Tube Float. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Parker Area Chamber of Commerce; the event also celebrated the town's Centennial Celebration.

31st Annual Great Western Tube Float A Huge Success!

Almost 1,000 registered floaters hit the famous Parker Strip along the Colorado River participated in the 31st Annual Great Western Tube Float. There were probably another 800-900 in the water. 

This event is the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce's biggest fundraiser of the year.  The theme this year was "Chugging Along the Colorado," a recognition that Parker, Ariz., began as a railroad town and in celebration of the town's Centennial Celebration.

The float on that won the prize for best representation of the theme on June 7 was from the "Harbor Circle Gang."  It featured a locomotive moving across a trestle and actually blew out steam.

Most of the regular participants are very serious about their participation and in keeping with each year's theme. They even come up with great "team names" tying in with the theme. 

The cost is only $12 per person to participate, and it is a great way to kick off the summer.  Prizes for each category include very good-looking trophies and some cash.

This annual fundraiser helps support the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.  Special thanks to the Bluewater Resort & Casino for all their support, all our patrol boats, law enforcement and our registration and setup volunteers.  Also thanks go to La Paz County for use of Patria Flats as the launch site and creating another entry/exit to the park.