An iceberg will be dropped in Yuma's Historic Downtown as part of our 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The Iceberg to be dropped will be a giant, fabricated head of iceberg lettuce, illuminated from the inside. Organized by Visit Yuma in cooperation with the City of Yuma will feature the dropping of the giant lighted lettuce at 10:00 p.m. to coincide with New York City’s Ball Drop, and again at Midnight to officially ring in the new year in Yuma.
Iceberg lettuce was chosen as the symbol of the event due to the importance of and the community’s close ties to the local agriculture industry which produces about 90% of the nation’s winter leafy vegetables. The fabricated head of iceberg lettuce to be dropped will be 8’ by 8’ and lit from the inside. A large countdown clock will add to the excitement during the festivities.
Call 928-783-0071 for more information.
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Visit Yuma presents Ag to Art Farmer’s Market: Feeding the Body and Soul. The market is going to roam Yuma County; our third stop is the Colorado River State Historic Park.
We are looking for vendors, for agriculture and arts products. Free booth spaces are available. For participation and inquiries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 928-376-0100.
Here’s how you can be involved:
--Have a booth to sell your goods if you sell something related to farm produce or made from fresh, grown items. This could include homemade soap, fresh eggs, herbs and spices, dried fruits, fresh veggies, baked goods, dog treats, etc.
--Have a booth to sell your pieces if you sell anything related to the arts. This could be paintings, drawings, jewelry, pottery or ceramics, fiber arts, your music, musical instruments, or classes at your performing or visual arts organization, for example.
--If you teach yoga or martial arts, or work with children’s organizations that put on demonstrations (Boy Scouts teaching visitors to the market how to tie knots?), you can offer short hourly demonstrations or classes for the public to take part in. We are seeking ways for the market to be experiential, interactive, and fun for all ages, so call us to discuss your ideas if what you do might be a fit in this area. You are welcome to solicit for new customers.
--If you are in the performing arts, you may have a booth and perform, or you also don’t necessarily need to set up a booth, if you’d like to just perform. There are also options for performers/artists showing their craft. You may offer a short hourly performance for the public to enjoy. You may also work in short, group lessons for guitar or salsa dancing, or watercolor painting, if your craft is one that you’d like to teach to others. We ask that you offer at least two 15-30 minute sessions during the time that the market is taking place. You are welcome to solicit for new customers.
Items to be sold will be subject to approval by Visit Yuma.
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Author Roger Naylor, the curmudgeonly writer who only begrudgingly came to love Yuma, will be with us to read from his newest book and share stories from his treks all over Arizona, as he visited each state park in Arizona. His love of Arizona history and the people who shaped its making comes through loud and clear in the detailed write-ups he gives the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park and the Colorado River State Historic Park. Hear his distinctive story of moving from a list of grievances to an open love affair with Yuma as he covers what is special to him about the two state parks located within our city's limits.
Roger's visit is taking place during the Ag to Art Market: Feeding the Body and Soul. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it is free to the public. Roger Naylor will be on hand after his speech at one of the market booths to sign copies of his new book.
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Go behind YPG’s gates to learn about the installation’s history and modern-day mission. The tour is met by base personnel who share facts and figures and details about what it’s like with tanks ripping around and giant booms going off daily. This tour leaves from the Colorado River State Historic Park at 8:30 a.m. Purchase tickets here. Call 800-293-0071 for more information.
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This tour allows a behind-the-scenes look at the Core's busiest air station, hosted by knowledgeable base personnel. Popular features include the obstacle course and a working dog demonstration, and there’s a narrated stop on the way back at the Armed Forces Park. Tour departs the Yuma Visitor Information Center.
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Find out what's growing in all those neat rows out in the fields, and a whole lot more. Hop on a bus for this half-day tour led by a local grower and you'll get the first-hand low-down on topics ranging from food safety, current tech trends, labor, and water. This is your big chance to harvest a few things to take with you from a special field planted just for us at the University of Arizona research farm. The tour concludes with a tour of the Arizona Western College Land Lab and a yummy fresh lunch featuring local produce, prepared by the culinary students from AWC. This tour departs the Visitor Information Center located inside the Colorado River State Historic Park at 8 a.m. and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Call 800-293-0071 for more information.