December 31 – Ring in the New Year Laughlin Style – Live entertainment, DJ’s great hit music, party favors and balloon drops are some of the exciting festivities provided by several hotels in their main casinos for the countdown to 2006.
January – Winter Break – This 4th annual event is a festival celebrating life for the 50+ age group and promises to educate, stimulate, and offer non-stop entertainment and activities – all types of dancing, bingo and slot tournaments, healthy cooking demonstrations, exercise classes, and more. Educational seminars, a trade show, and live entertainment will also be showcased. Choose from a four-day pass for $39 or a full week pass for $50 (prices subject to change). Optional day tours and golf outings are also available for an additional, minimal charge. Tickets and inclusive hotel/activity packages are available from any professional tour operator or travel agent. For more information, visit www.winterbreak.us or call Arko & Associates, Inc. at 480-926-5547.
January – Laughlin Desert Challenge – For the twelfth year, Laughlin is the title series sponsor in the six-race circuit of SCORE International Off Road Racing where 16 classes of desert race cars and exotic race trucks will participate in this event on Saturday and Sunday. From sunrise to sunset, the racers will heat up the 11-mile loop of this desert course with a start/finish in a specially made stadium-style spectator area located at the Laughlin Events Park. Other ancillary events on Thursday and Friday include a Pit Crew Competition, Contingency Row/Tech Inspection, and the always-popular “Laughlin Leap” jump contest.
January – February – Cloud’s Jamboree – A Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Bead and Mineral Show. This event appeals to the wholesaler, hobbyist, casual enthusiast, and general public. Various Laughlin Hotel/Casinos host the exhibits and vendor displays for this fourth annual dazzling event. For vendor and exhibit information only, please contact Cloud’s Jamboree at 1-866-558-7719, or visit their web site at www.cloudsjamboree.com.
February – “Colorado River Bluegrass Festival” at Davis Camp by the Laughlin bridge. 5th Annual event featuring top bluegrass bands from across the country. Among those scheduled are Mountain Heart, J.D. Crowe, The Lost & Found, Cherryholmes Family, Liberty Bluegrass, David Parmley and Continental Divide, and more. Fri-Sun, $13 ,18 and over, $5 age 7-17, free for age six and under, camping $5, free shuttle service between Davis Camp and Ramada Express. Call 928-768-5819 or 928-201-5819 for more information.
March – April Laughlin River Stampede – For the twelfth year, this five-day event will feature America’s best cowboys competing in fast-paced, spine-tingling events for over $225,000 in prize money at the Laughlin River Stampede PRCA Rodeo. Special attractions include the appearance of Miss Rodeo America, the Stampede Cowboy Poker Game, rodeo displays, merchandise and crafts, and food and beverage concessions. Various Laughlin hotels plan to offer top name country music entertainment. This event will be televised as part of TNN’s Wrangler World of Rodeo.
April – Laughlin River Run – More than 60,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will roar into Laughlin for the 24th Annual Laughlin River Run. This five-day event is the largest Harley-Davidson oriented event on the West Coast. Activities include stunt shows; the Harley-Davidson lifestyle tradeshow; traveling museum; the “river run” to Oatman, Arizona on historic Route 66; custom bike shows; the Miss River Run contest; and a poker run. Motorcycle vendors, exhibits, prize drawings and top name live entertainment will be scheduled for this event. For registration information, or room and concert packages, contact Dal-Con Promotions at 1-714-694-2800, 1-800-357-8223, or visit www.laughlinriverrun.com.
June – Laughlin River Days – For the eighth consecutive year, the town of Laughlin will be host to exciting professional boat racing on the magnificent Colorado River. The races will feature several classes of boats over the two-day event. Drivers will be challenged to maneuver the narrow one and a quarter mile course while managing the seven-knot current. Spectators will catch the action up close from the shores of Davis Camp.
July 4 Rockets Over The River
Just after dusk on July 4, the huge annual Rockets Over The River fireworks display will be free for public viewing along the entire Laughlin River Walk. Typically, this extraordinary display is one of the most spectacular in the West, and will be choreographed to fabulous patriotic music. Various celebrations are planned at the Laughlin hotels and casinos, and radio stations will simulcast each show’s music with speakers set up on the river.
September – Laughlin Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
For the ninth year, this Laughlin event is part of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) 29-stop Tour. Watch the top 45 bull riders from around the world converge on Laughlin for two days of fast action, tossing and bucking as they compete for top placement in the National Finals Rodeo and over $100,000 in prize money. The Laughlin Events Park arena is built for great viewing from every seat and is topped with huge instant replay screens so spectators can watch the contrast between a 160-pound rider and a 2,000-pound bull in slow motion. This event will be televised nationwide. For advance ticket purchases, call Prestige Ticketing at 1-800-308-2253. For more information on the PBR, visit www.PBRnow.com.
October – Viva! Laughlin – Pochteca EventWorks is proud to present this second annual celebration of Latino Heritage Month. For four days, Laughlin will host one of the largest town-wide fiestas featuring top name Latin entertainment including musicians, comedians, dancers, Latin arts, variety shows, sports promotions, themed parties and more!
October – Copa Laughlin Soccer Tournament – On-going soccer tournaments from teams representing Latin American countries.
October 2006 – Laughlin Mile Dragon Boat Challenge
This fifth annual Laughlin event will feature local and international teams of 22 participants in friendly race competition, paddling in traditional 44-foot long Chinese war canoes. The canoes are propelled by 20 paddlers, guided by a Steerperson and kept in rhythm by a drummer seated at the bow of the boat while the team maintains a steady and powerful pace for the duration of the one-mile race down the swift Colorado River. Teams race to the shouts of encouragement from spectators, and viewing is free to the public along Davis Camp. The race is combined with a full day of ceremonies including the “dotting of the eye, awakening the dragons” and drumming contests. Dragon Boat teams are social in nature coming from all segments of the community including corporate teams, community teams, high school teams, special interest teams, healthcare teams, etc.
October – Laughlin Run to Fun
The 4th Annual Laughlin Run to Fun charity motorcycle event will be held October 20 – 23, 2005. All bikes are welcome to the event, and all proceeds benefit local children’s charities. Over $15,000.00 was raised for children’s charities during the 2nd Annual event. Join the Fun!
October 2006 Laughlin Senior Olympics
4th annual event features seniors competing in a variety of endeavors including bowling, tennis, track and field, bocce, swimming, cycling, horseshoes, even poker, Thurs-Sun, call Bill Kesgen at Clark County Parks and Recreation for more information, 702-298-3413
October – Chef’s Food Fest
Annual event features area restaurant and casino chef’s offering their finest dishes in a sampler format. Everything from appetizers, main dishes, deserts and wine and beer tasting. Tickets available from the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce beginning Sept. 1
November, 2006 – Laughlin Team Roping Finals
For the eightth year, the United States Team Roping Championship (USTRC) is scheduled to host hundreds of team ropers as they converge on Laughlin for four days of thrilling activity at the Laughlin Events Park. This event will feature team roping at its best as these ropers use agility, precision and focus to beat the clock and win some of the prize purse. This event is free to the public.