3/5/02

Special Events

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Oatman

The World's Liveliest Ghost Town

"Somethin' Happens Here Nearly Evvrryy Day!!"

(Check with the Oatman/Gold Road Chamber of Commerce on the web or at 928-768-6222 for the latest on dates and times, and check http://www.laughlinchamber.com/events.htm for a schedule of 2002 special events in Laughlin.)

January

Bed Racing!

Held on the second Sunday of the month. After parading down Main Street, the teams of four pushers and a "sleeper" compete against the clock for glory and valuable prizes, racing the 30-yard course at top speed, squaring away an unmade bed, and screaming back to the start/finish line while the crowd roars. A hot-rod racing bed is supplied, and the wildest team costumes are appreciated.

February

Wacky Burro Races

Kids of all ages have a ball racing stick burros on a short course. Racers get prizes and medals, spectators may fall down laughing.

March

March 9th, 2002:

A Big Celebration and Parade!

Honoring the Oatman Hotel and the 102nd anniversary of the Gold Road Mine! Latest details at: http://www.goldroadmine.com/celebration.htm

March 15th to 17th:

The St.Patrick's Mountain Man Rendezvous:

Hundreds of 1700-1840 period re-enactors plan to camp in Oatman for days of trading, blackpowder shooting, and yarn-swapping around the campfire.

March 30th and 31st

Gable-Lombard Lookalike Contest on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt, for kids up to 10 years old on Sunday.

April

April 14th

Turn of the Century Bathing Beauty Contest

Muscle men and beautiful women, and kids and everybody else get to show off their best old time, early 1900s bathing suits - and their physique! Prizes galore, for those who have what it takes.

April 24th to 28th:

The Laughlin River Run

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists gather for high rolling in Laughlin, and easy riding on the beautiful back roads in the surrounding area Get the scoop on room and concert packages at www.laughlinriverrun.com

May

May 3rd to 5th:

The Route 66 Fun Run

Hundreds of antiques, classics, hot rods and jalopies cruise 150 miles of Old 66 from Seligman to Topock. Most of the cars come through Oatman on Sunday.

July

The Fourth of July

Sidewalk Egg Fry!

Yes you can fry an egg on the sidewalk here in July, and sunstruck people come from far and wide to try their luck, or their latest solar-powered egg-frying contraption. This event has been featured by USA Today and Good Morning America. So brave the heat - fame and fortune await - and you can jump in the river to cool off after.

The egg fry is usually followed by a full afternoon of gunfight skits, played out by the Oatman Ghostriders and visiting gunfighting groups from around the West. After dark there's a spectacular fireworks show on the riverfront in Laughlin. It's a great day!

September

Labor Day weekend:

"Gold Camp Days"

Fun and games, with a hat contest, a beard contest, Round 2 of Wacky Burro Racing, and the world's only Burro Biscuit Toss.

October

Halloween in a ghost town!

December

Grinch Attack! That evil varmint tries to make off with the goodies, and gets run out of town in a storm of bullets and gunsmoke, courtesy of the Ghostriders and the good people of Oatman.

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