Press Releases


Sep
10
2019

Yuma, Ariz. —After a call for artists, Visit Yuma chose six regional artists to illustrate scenes for its newly-released Shades of Yuma coloring book. Lia Littlewood, Lori Mott, Sergio Arroyo Alcazar, Louise Aceves, John Benz and Rachelle Negron each created the artwork for two pages in the coloring book.

Several of the artists gathered recently to share what inspired them to take part in the project. "Being asked to do the cover, it got me really excited," said Lia Littlewood. "I didn't want to just do the train. I also wanted  to show the bridge and the prison behind it, to fully encompass Yuma as it was back in the day. It was sort of desolate, but still beautiful."

"This year we are focusing on the arts in Yuma, because the arts are exploding all over the place in Yuma. We have a lot of really great local artists, we think that's really unique to Yuma and really tells the story of Yuma," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. Watch the artists' meet-up video here

The scenes that are captured in the new coloring book include  Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Yuma Proving Ground, MCAS Yuma, Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, Castle Park, Telegraph Pass and more. The coloring book appeals to both children and also is a fit for the trend of adults coloring for relaxation. The Shades of Yuma coloring book is available for sale in the gift shop at the Visitor Information Center, 201 N. 4th Ave., or at www.YumanInterest.com.

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Sep
6
2019

Yuma, Ariz. — Yuma’s Territorial Prison has been named the country’s  MOST HAUNTED DESTINATION by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards.  The announcement was made Friday morning after weeks of online voting and intense competition.  “The prison’s haunted history is fascinating. We are certain the award will attract visitors from all over the world to experience the hauntedness of the establishment,” said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma.

 

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Aug
27
2019

Yuma, Ariz. —It's just a few, short, seven months until Visit Yuma's annual Rio de Cerveza craft beer festival. Wait, what? ...Seven months until the next Rio de Cerveza? For six years, Yumans have looked forward to the event being held in October. It's been a much-loved part of the line-up in a crowded field of fall events. More than a thousand attendees throng to the event each year for the chance to sample craft beers and play giant lawn games. The date for the next Rio de Cerveza is March 28, 2020.


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Aug
20
2019


Yuma, Ariz. —USA Today is holding its 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards, with 20 options to vote on for Best Haunted Destinations. The Yuma Territorial Prison jumped up from a lower rank to the first position within the last few days. "With six days left to vote, we're asking for Arizonans to make it number one," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 26th.

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Aug
19
2019

Yuma, Ariz. —With Dove Hunt season quickly approaching, Visit Yuma is organizing its annual Dove Hunt Clean Up. Volunteers are needed for the early morning clean up on Saturday, September 21. "It's our way of giving back to the farmers who leave their fields open for the hunting season," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. 

Each year, dozens of volunteers comb the fields and farm roads to pick up shotgun shells and any trash they find. Volunteers meet at Sprague's, 345 W. 32nd St., in Yuma, at 6 a.m. Breakfast burritos are provided for the first 100 volunteers who preregister, and maps, gloves, water and trash bags are provided, too. Volunteers provide their own transportation. 

This year, raffle tickets will be given out to volunteers who sign up in advance, show up and return with collected trash during the clean up.

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The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.

Visit Yuma team can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.

YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.

For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email communications@visityuma.com. Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:


Around & about - a quick Yuma overview


Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride


Last link in river restoration under way


 

Background info:


Fast Facts About YVB


 Fast Facts About Yuma 


Yuma history - narrative


Yuma historic timeline

 

Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary



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