Lake Havasu City’s rodeo grounds can now host evening events in its arena under new light towers that UniSource Energy Services crews helped install.
UniSource donated the use of a digging truck and our employees’ time to make holes for four 70-foot-high light poles at the Rodeo Grounds at Special Activities and Recreation Area (SARA) Park. This donation continues UniSource’s longtime support of the rodeo grounds.
Mark Cowper, Vice President of the Friends of the Fair, which oversees the grounds, said the group’s contractors were unsure how they would dig the 12-feet-deep holes, which are two feet in diameter. He made an online request for an in-kind donation from UniSource.
“It was awesome,” Cowper said. “Within 48 hours, they responded to our request and scheduled a time to come out. I’m not sure what we would have done otherwise.”
The new LED lights allow the grounds to be used for night events or extended all-day events. The Campbell Family Trust donated $240,000 for the project.
The lights will be used for Little Delbert Days, which includes rodeo events and festivities for youth, and the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo, which are scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2021.
Carol Langford, Administrative Assistant for Lake Havasu Electric Construction, received the request and said employees were happy to lend a hand.
While UniSource has loaned portable lights to the grounds for events, those weren’t large enough or appropriate for events with animals. UniSource also has assisted with other construction projects, including adding seating, moving buildings and updating services.
“UniSource and the Rodeo Grounds at SARA Park have a strong relationship and work together to support the community,” Langford said. “This is a great way for us to continue to assist a place that does so much for our region.”