Shriners from Southwest bring convention back to Yuma
The area's hospitality is proving to be a draw for Shriners from around the Southwest, who will have their annual convention in Yuma in December for what will be the third time in four years.
About 700 El Zaribah Shriners, representing four temples from Arizona, California and Nevada, will be in Yuma for their 2003 convention that will take place Dec. 4-7, said Roger S. Beadle, president of the Yuma Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Beadle estimates the gathering will bring to the area $360,000 in revenue in the form of lodging, meals and entertainment purchased by Shriners.
Most activities of the 3.-day convention will take place at the Yuma Civic & Convention Center, but the event also will include the traditional Saturday Shriners Parade on Dec. 6. Beadle said the parade will be open to the public, although the route and other details have yet to be worked out.
The Shriners previously held their annual convention in Yuma in 2000 and 2001, Beadle said.
"Our past conventions in Yuma have always been outstanding. The community of Yuma couldn't have been more hospitable and for that we are grateful," said John Kinter, Shrine potentate.