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London Bridge Goes Green, Zombies Prowl in Lake Havasu City
Published: September 26, 2011
This fall there are many reasons to make the trip to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in this scenic corner of the American southwest. The latest movie to film in town is hosting a premiere, the city’s iconic London Bridge is getting gussied up, and locals are covered in blood and limping down the streets. But wait, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Read on.
30 Years of Jet Skis
The International Jet Sports Boating Association will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its world finals from Oct. 1 to 9. The 2011 Quakysense World Finals are the largest PWC (personal watercraft) specific event in North America where the best racers from around the globe converge to compete in the World Championships. The event is headquartered at Crazy Horse Campgrounds and Resort in Lake Havasu City and draws 10,000 to 15,000 spectators every year. Seven hundred entries from 40 states and 36 countries will compete to determine who’s the best of the best in many classes, from the most high tech and modern craft to vintage waterskis. (www.ijsba.com
London Bridge Makeover
The historic London Bridge, relocated to Lake Havasu City and dedicated into service 40 years ago this October, is receiving a major dose of modern technology. The compact fluorescent lights (CFL) on the span, already energy efficient, were recently replaced with even more energy-saving LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps – 660 in all. Each is a white-yellowish tint reminiscent of the gaslights that once lit this London thoroughfare. The LEDs use 86 percent less energy to generate the same amount of light, and last longer than the compact fluorescent lamps used since 2004. More information about the lights may be found at www.greenpowerusa.us/London-Bridge.html.
A rededication ceremony attended by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will be held at the bridge on October 14. Just in time for Halloween: the rededication will display a dozen replica heads of the criminals and pirates who ran afoul of the law when the bridge spanned the River Thames. (www.golakehavasu.com
Zombies on the Move
The dead shall rise to squeak and gibber their way through the streets of Lake Havasu City at the first ever Havasu Zombie Pub Crawl on Oct. 14. Attendees will dress in their zompacalypse-best and tour local watering holes until their terrifying thirst is quenched. The crawl starts at 5 p.m. at various establishments throughout downtown McCulloch Blvd. (www.facebook.com/havasuzombiepubcrawl
Hot Rods Heat Up the Desert
The 34th annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun car show, cruise and gearhead gathering for autos circa 1972 and older is Oct. 19 through 23, 2011. The Run to the Sun is a fundraising event held every year by the Relics & Rods Car Club with all proceeds benefiting local charities. A car show, cruises, 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. This year, keep an eye out for Jack MacNeill and his red ’72 Ford Torino, Tom and Jonny Mays’ 1934 Ford 2-door sedan, and Mike White’s 1931 Ford Coupe.
Automotive expert Alan Taylor of Motor Trend Radio, will broadcast live from the event. Tickets for Relics & Rods are $75 before Oct. 1, and $85 thereafter. (www.relicsandrods.com
Roll Out The Red Carpet
On Oct. 1, Lake Havasu City will host the premiere of A Warm Wind, a movie about a soldier who has returned from Iraq injured in more ways than one to a family who may not know how to cope. The 93-min. film was shot entirely on location in Lake Havasu City and the lake itself is the setting for several powerful scenes. The premiere will be attended by cast members and writer/director Jeff London, and will benefit the Arizona chapter of Blue Star Mothers. Guest actor Kevyn Major Howard, best known for his appearance in Full Metal Jacket (1987), will make a special appearance and display one of his show cars in front of the theatre. First showing is sold out, but tickets are still available for the second showing at 6:30 p.m. Ultrastar Lake Havasu 10, 5601 Highway 95, Lake Havasu City. Tickets $8. (www.warmwindmovie.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 750,000 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 2012 calendar of events, log onto golakehavasu.com or call 928-453-3444. Also find Lake Havasu City online at facebook.com/lakehavasucityarizona
. Photos of dozens of images of local recreational activities, restaurants, lodging and scenery are available upon request.