There is going to be a lot of fun to be had here in Yuma on June 14-15, as the Yuma Chamber of Commerce presents Yuma Nights.

A Friday night and a Saturday full of activities will conclude with “Beer and a Band” at City Park, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Live music will be provided by “Vehicle.” The band’s appearance is sponsored by Bank of Colorado and McClung Agency.

“Vehicle” features horns, seven vocalists, and a five-piece rhythm section. The cover band has an ecletic set list, featuring a wide variety of styles, from Big Band Jazz and Swing to Modern rock and just about everything in between, along with some of today’s top hits.

There is a fee of $20 to enjoy the concert and beer provided by Tumbleweed Brewing and Wine Co. The cost is $10 for those under 21. Proceeds go to the Yuma Chamber of Commerce. Bring your own lawn chairs.

“Vehicle” should provide an excellent ending to Yuma Nights, but a lot will occur before the concert in the park.

It will begin Friday, June 14, with events in downtown Yuma from 5 to 8 p.m. S. Main St. will be closed from the railroad tracks to Fourth Ave. during the event.

The multi-dimensional band “Vehicle” will be performing in City Park in the Beer and a Band event on Saturday, June 15, during the Yuma Nights celebration. (Publicity Photo)

It will include “Shop ‘til You Drop” at participating businesses. Downtown businesses are encouraged to stay open late. There will be a “Flea Market Flip” along with sidewalk games, face painting, and a street dance performance. Vendors wanting to set up for the Flea Market can register at Country Stitches on W. Eighth Ave. for a discounted rate.

A co-ed softball tournament to benefit Yuma Wrestling will begin that evening at the Jeff Armstrong Ball Park complex.

Saturday gets going with the 5:10 to Yuma race in the morning. (See article elsewhere for more on that.)

Post-race festivities will be held at City Park until 12 noon.

There will be a free swim at the Yuma Municipal Pool from 1 to 4:40 p.m. courtesy of the City of Yuma.

There also will be a Kids Carnival at Yuma Life Care Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

The co-ed softball tournament will continue all day at the Armstrong complex.

A City Auction will be held at 5 p.m.

Lake Yuma will be the center of attention for awhile with a Chalk Walk and the popular Cardboard Regatta.

The Chalk Walk is sponsored by Lu’s Gallery. Bring your own chalk as artists will be separated into age groups 5-8, 9-12 an 12 and above. The first-place prize is $50, second is $25 and third place $10. Register at Lake Yuma at 2:30 p.m., followed by competition. The walking path around Lake Yuma will be your canvas.

Then comes the Cardboard Regatta, which made a triumphant return last year. Registered participants will put their cardboard boats in the water and try to get from one side to the other as quickly as possible — and without their boats sinking.

Boat race registration is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the race from 6 to 7. Teams also can register for the regatta with the Chamber by calling 848-2704 or email

Then the fun moves to City Park for “Beer and a Band.”