Sip & Support

FIESTA Margarita is the one hot event people on both sides of the river and visitors look forward to each and every July. It’s also one of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Colorado River’s biggest fundraisers.
The needs of the children the clubs serve are still great, in spite of recent COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size and social distancing. But where there is a problem there is also a creative solution and fans of the event can still taste, experience and participate, but in a different format.
This year’s “FIESTA On-the-Go” puts the focus on supporting local businesses with participants traveling to the various eateries to check out their best beverage concoctions instead of congregating in one large space.
“Usually the FIESTA Margarita competition brings more than 700 people together to celebrate as a summer bash, sipping margaritas and awarding trophies to the winners. This year with restrictions on large gatherings and the restaurant industry reeling from the shutdown, the club opted for something much different,” said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, club CEO.
“The FIESTA On-the-Go shifts the event venue to local restaurants and stretches the event from one night, to the months of July and August,” she added.
The club gathered coupon offers from local restaurants, which are compiled into a Fiesta Package Book. FIESTA goers can purchase a package for $30, which includes the coupon book filled with generous offers for local restaurants, an event T-shirt, 10 booze tower raffle tickets and two ballots to vote for their favorite margaritas. Go packages are on sale July 1.
“There is no charge for restaurants to participate — and we are truly looking for a way to support the local businesses who have always been there for the clubs,” Boyle-Robinson said. “The goal is to drive business to the restaurants while still celebrating FIESTA in a whole new way.”
Participating properties include, but are not limited to, the Cove Bar & Lounge, Splash Bar, Zodiac Bar and River’s Edge Bar at the Aquarius; Embers Bar and River Bar at the Edgewater; Black Mountain Bistro, Silvia’s Lindo Sinaloa, Mohave Diner Mining Co., Coveu Drinkery & Eatery and The Hut in Bullhead City, Arizona; Hooch’s 95 Bar & Grill and Javalina’s Coffee Express in Fort Mohave, Arizona; Topock 66 and Hooch’s 66 in Topock, Arizona.
“The FIESTA is usually one of our biggest fundraisers bringing in over $50,000 for the clubs — this will in no way replace that funding, but it is the right thing to do. We are a part of the community and this is a fun way to encourage everyone to support local businesses,” she added.
The club also sought out local artists to design the event T-shirt and the winner was Barbara Padgett.
FIESTA On-the-Go packages can be purchased for $30 each at the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Findlay Automotive, and both Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store locations.
For more information contact Boyle-Robinson at Autumn@clubriver.org.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The club has four locations: 2250 Highland Road, Bullhead City; 1975 Arie Avenue, Laughlin; 5890 Highway 95, Suite F, Fort Mohave; and the Teen Center, 967 Hancock Road, Bullhead City. The clubs provide after school programs and summer day camp to more than 1,600 students annually.