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The eighth annual regatta is making its comeback in Bullhead City/Laughlin this weekend, August 8-10, 2014. It is estimated to bring some 30,000 visitors to the area, raising over $14 million to boost up the economy. Regatta hotel packages have been sold out for weeks while the Colorado River has prepared itself patiently for its visitors.

The regatta takes place every year at the beginning of August and proves to be a successful event. Guests bring their inner tubes, hop on a bus, and are transported to a launch site nine miles upriver. There, they inflate their tubes, gently float them in the refreshing water of the river, and climb aboard. Air temperatures this Saturday, August 9, 2014 are expected to remain mild and only reach a maximum of 106F. Surface water of the Colorado River is estimated to reach a chilly 84F.

Many guests, to regulate the way the air and water temperature extremes feel, opt to bring alcohol to the party while some guests simply lay back in their tubes and relax, letting the current of the water carry them downstream. The theme of this year's regatta is Aloha and participants are urged to make a properly-themed design for their flotation devices. A few judges, among them the current Miss Arizona, will decide on a float winner who will receive a $4000 prize.

The most popular launch site for the event is Davis Camp and the official end is Rotary Park in Bullhead City. Some guests may prefer launching or landing mid-way at Community Park. Once at the landing areas, event organizers will help guests exit the water in an orderly fashion, deflate their floats, and direct them to the appropriate buses to be taken back to their cars or hotel rooms.

To learn more about the event and buy tickets online, check out the official Regatta website. Tickets are $40 online or at the Davis Camp entrance.