8/29/2013 2:35:00 PM Hands Across the Lagoon Celebrate 25th anniversary Verde River Day
Verde River Day brings together 40-plus nature-based exhibits, sandcastle building, a menagerie of live animals, non-stop activities from canoe rides (with or without assistance), continuous live entertainment including the Cadillac Angels, and local food vendors. VVN/Jon Pelletier
Dead Horse Ranch State Park will celebrate the 25th Anniversary Verde River Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The activities during Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's riparian habitat.
This year's FREE event kicks off with "Hands Across the Lagoon" at 9 a.m. and everyone is invited to join hands around the east lagoon at Dead Horse Ranch State Park to symbolize the importance of the preservation of the Verde River. The line-up for the Hands Across the Lagoon will start at 8 a.m. Pick your spot and then enjoy the best pancakes served by the Knights of Columbus. The Rough Riders will conduct a flag ceremony and posting of colors at 9 a.m. accompanied by the Cottonwood Community Band and will be followed by keynote speaker Vincent Randall, Tribal Elder for the Yavapai-Apache Nation who is also a Verde Valley historian.
The event brings together 40-plus nature-based exhibits, sandcastle building, a menagerie of live animals, non-stop activities from canoe rides (with or without assistance), continuous live entertainment including the Cadillac Angels, and local food vendors.
Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish or take advantage of the scheduled Arizona Game & Fish Department's fishing clinic. Fishing licenses are not required during clinic hours. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided for all ages.
Activities include a climbing wall, kid's play area, pony rides and an Earth Art Gallery visitors are welcome to participate in by creating a pictograph/graffiti wall, clay play with real river clay, sand, mud and tree sculpting, weaving wall and sand painting.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located adjacent to and across the Verde River from the community of Cottonwood. It is centrally located near several major population centers such as Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Prescott.
For more information call (928) 634-5283. Tent camp sites to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $30 depending on the type of camping site needed. Cabins are also available for $55 but reservations must be made well in advance. Reservations for camping can be made 24-hours-a-day at AZStateParks.com or by calling (520) 586-2283.