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Contact:  Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell), ann@visityuma.com
For immediate release, Jan. 27, 2014



Yuma marks milestone with tunes, tacos

Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert caps centennial fun 


YUMA, ARIZONA - Though Yuma's rich history dates back even further, this city on the Colorado River celebrates a BIG birthday this year:  April 7, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of Yuma's charter as a city under the laws of the new state of Arizona in 1914.


Along with the birthday candles, we'll be lighting up new signs on Main Street to welcome folks to the "Gateway of the Great Southwest" -- and kicking off a flurry of centennial celebrations, from proclamation-makin' and time-capsule-sealin' to an ice cream social and barbecue.  You can find out how to join the party at  www.yuma100.com.


One big surprise package has already been unwrapped:  The Centennial Music Fest with Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Lonestar will be April 12 at Desert Sun Stadium. You can make it a day of family fun by wrapping in a visit to the Yuma Taco Festival, taking place on an adjoining field. Admission to the Taco Festival is free, music fest tickets are now on sale at Yuma Art Center (254 S. Main St.), Parks and Rec office (City Hall, One City Plaza) and Yuma Civic Center (1440 W. Desert Hills Dr.) or online at yuma100.com.


Stay tuned as party plans develop - and watch for special Centennial packages including concert tickets, accommodations, golf and more.  To plan your real Arizona adventure in Yuma, check out www.visityuma.com or call us toll-free at 800.293.0071.  Our Visitor Info Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MST seven days a week through the end of May.


Older than we look: Yuma time line highlights

  • 1540 - First European explorers arrive upriver from the Sea of Cortez
  • 1849-50 - More than 60,000 gold seekers cross Colorado River on rope ferry
  • 1857 - First U.S. post office established
  • 1863 - Arizona Territory established under law signed by President Lincoln
  • 1866 - Town site laid out for what's known as Arizona City
  • 1871 - Arizona City incorporated under territorial law
  • 1873 - Arizona City renamed Yuma
  • 1900 - Yuma City Hall built
  • 1912 - On Valentine's Day, Arizona becomes 48th state
  • 1914 - On April 7, Yuma is chartered as city under laws of new state


Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. Direct travel spending in Yuma County in 2012 totaled more than $657 million, supported 6,660 jobs and generated more than $40 million in state and local tax revenues.      
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Yuma's population nearly doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community also offers nearly 4,300 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, and three modern casinos. 
To plan your visit, head to  www.visityuma.com or call 800-293-0071.


Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's sunniest spot, Yuma offered free meals to guests "every day the sun doesn't shine" for a full year during Arizona's Centennial. Final score? Sunshine 365, Gloom 0.


Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell), ann@visityuma.com


* Visitor Information Center 1-800-293-0071, www.visityuma.com *