The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host this year’s tube float with BlueWater Resort and Casino and Parker Rotary on June 9, 2012. This years’ theme will celebrate the Statehood of Arizona. There have been many centennial celebrations state-wide over the past year and will continue throughout 2012. Arizona will be 100 years old on February 14, 2012.
The Tube Float came under great scrutiny last year when record numbers of floaters converged on our small body of water. Most did not register for the years-old fundraiser and there were many incidents of underage drinking and personal property damage along the Parker Strip. Also, trash was clogging up Headgate Dam. After many meetings with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, local businesses, community residents, local government, law enforcement, CRIT EPO and first-responders the decision was made to continue with the traditional float.
The tube Float brings in thousands of visitors each year and continued to grow. This event is great for the local economy with record retail sales over “the Big Three” summer holidays: Memorial Weekend, Fourth of July and Labor Day.