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Caballeros de Yuma

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The Caballeros de Yuma are offering two (2) $3,200 – Caballeros de Yuma Presidential Memorial Scholarships and eight (8) - $1,300 Caballeros de Yuma Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors graduating from Yuma County high schools. The Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to; one (1) graduating senior from; Antelope HS, Kofa HS, Cibola HS, Yuma HS, Gila Ridge HS, San Luis HS, Yuma Catholic HS, plus one graduating senior selected from applications submitted from Yuma County Charter Schools (Carpe Diem Collegiate HS, Aztec HS, PPEP TEC, Harvest Prep Academy and Educational Opportunity Center Charter HS – YPIC, and Vista Alternative School). The Presidential Scholarships will be awarded to the two (2) highest scoring high school graduating seniors from all eight high schools.

Continuing Education Scholarship Criteria

The Caballeros de Yuma are offering two (2) $2,750 – Caballeros de Yuma Continuing Education Scholarships to
matriculated students in bachelor degree programs at any University.

Caballeros de Yuma is dedicated to sponsoring special events that attract visitors to the city and benefit community organizations. Our events are produced with the help of many volunteers who donate their time and energy to ensure top quality experiences for all attendees.

Caballeros de Yuma relies on the support of volunteers to produce successful events. We invite you to join our team and make a difference in your community by giving back your time and skills.

Caballeros de Yuma is a non-profit organization that depends on the generosity of donors to continue producing events that benefit the community. We welcome all types of donations, big or small, to help us achieve our mission.

Let the Good Times Roll

Midnight at the Oasis

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The Southwest’s premier classic car festival takes place each year on the first weekend in March. With more than 900 gleaming cars, trucks, and motorcycles coming in from all over the desert southwest, the event features cars and music from the 1950s-60s. Concerts with popular tribute bands, food and retail vendors, a Show n' Shine day of pre-1972 cars and trucks are the hallmarks of the large event. The festival begins with a free preview on Thursday night with the Rally on Main Street in downtown Yuma. The preview includes a Fun Run through Yuma culminating with a Cruise-In on Yuma's Main Street. The Fun Run and the Cruise-In are open to anyone with a classic car (1972 and older). Everybody from gearheads to classic car enthusiasts to those who enjoy all the odd and wonderful shapes and colors these vehicles come in have a great time at this annual event in Yuma.

Colorado River Crossing

Balloon Festival

The Colorado River Crossing Hot Air Balloon Festival - presented by the Caballeros de Yuma   - is one of Yuma, Arizona's premier fall events.  The  festival attracts some of the most colorful and unique balloons from the West and Southwest.

Staged over two days in November, with mass ascensions on Saturday and Sunday mornings, the festival uses the Colorado River and the Sonoran Desert as its backdrop.

The highlight is the Desert Balloon Glow that takes place on Saturday night tethered balloons fill the baseball field and with their burners firing at full blast, the balloons to glow brightly in the dark desert sky.  The entire pageant is set to music.

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November 10-12th

Canned Food Donation Serves as admission to morning Launches!

Admission to the morning launches at Yuma West Wetlands Park (See Map) on Saturday and Sunday morning is a canned food donation. The public entrance to West Wetland Park is from 12th Avenue. The highlight of the festival is the AEA Federal Credit Union Balloon Glow at Yuma's Ray Kroc Desert Sun Stadium on Saturday evening. The admission to the glow is also a canned food donation.

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Yuma Territorial Marathon & Half Marathon features a mostly long, flat straightaway out-and-back course along the shoulder of Arizona Highway 95, from the casino resort at the Cocopah Indian Reservation out through Somerton and back. With favorable elevations and weather, the course is conducive to setting your best times and provides an excellent opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon.


The annual Bull of the Desert Strongman competition, closely resembles the gladiator games of ancient Rome, without the lions. It's a series of tasks that tests a competitor's strength, will, and determination. 

Many of the tests mirror that of those you'd expect to see at Rome's colosseum like the atlas stone, a smooth ball made of stone. But, in the modern age don't be surprised to find competitors deadlifting cars and pulling semi-trucks

This annual event is a qualifier for the Strongman Competition set for later this year.

Ken & Betty Borland

Holiday Pageant and Tower Lighting

The Ken and Betty Borland Holiday Pageant and Tower Lighting ushers in the holiday season on the Saturday following Thanksgiving with a program of Family Fun Event Featuring: Dance Performances, Special Guests, Holiday Cheer, Christmas Carols, the Annual Friendship Tower Lighting plus a visit from Santa! Admission is a donation of non-perishable food item(s) to benefit the Food Bank. The lighting of the tower is done by Yuma's reigning Citizen of the Year. The lighting of the tower creates the effect of a 200-foot tall Christmas tree which can be seen from miles around. The tower will be lighted each evening from beginning with the pageant and ending after the first week in January.

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37th Annual

Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Held annually at the The Yuma Armed Services Park (281 S. Gila Street) in downtown Yuma,  the Fourth of July Flag Raising ceremony honors the military in Yuma. The 7 am ceremony features speakers from Yuma's two militray bases - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and Yuma Proving Ground . Marines and soldiers at the bases are recognized during this ceremony. The highlight of the morning is the raising of the Stars and Stripes at the park as well as fromthe mast of Yuma's iconic water tower at Friendship Park.  

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