The SARA Park Rodeo Grounds could soon host nightly events for the first time in almost two decades, thanks to some new lighting.

“We’ve never been able to have events at night, because we’ve never had lights bright enough,” said Rodeo board member Sandi Nagel. “Now we can keep the events going or have other events in the warmer season, when it’s too hot to do anything during the day.”

According to Nagel, construction of the new lights over Havasu’s rodeo grounds has been ongoing for the past several weeks.

“I decided to post a picture on social media, and get people excited about the rodeo in January,” Nagel said.

The Lake Havasu City Rodeo is scheduled to return to the SARA Park Rodeo Grounds Jan. 30-31.

Events manager Mark Cowper said they received a donation from the Campbell Family Trust to purchase the lights, worth $240,000. He also said Dave McAtlin, owner of Sam Nichols Electrical, Inc., and his son donated their time to help get the lights set up.

The rodeo grounds also received an in-kind donation of help from UniSource Energy Services, which assisted in digging the holes needed for the large lights.

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Jimmy Was

Hopefully the lights are directional, aiming strongly down. Event lighting is great but let's keep the light pollution at the event.

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