The Hank Days Parade in the Foothills is only a day away, but it’s not too late to sign up to be part of the procession.
“We will accept entries right up to the start of the parade,” says Doreen Caldwell, organizer of the parade hosted by the Foothills Rotary Club.
Businesses, non-profit and government organization, clubs and individuals are all welcome to enter, cars, motorcycles, horses or floats. Even individuals walking dogs are invited, Caldwell said.
“It’s fun to have dogs,” she said.
Businesses are charged $25 per entry. All other entries are admitted free.
The parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Saturday at 47th Street and Foothills Boulevard and heads north to a vacant lot at the intersection of Foothills and South Frontage Road, where a barbecue lunch and car show will follow.
Tri tip, beans and coleslaw are on the menu for the lunch, which will be served beginning at 11 a.m.
Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance or $12 at the gate, with proceeds going to scholarships that the Foothills Rotarians award to Gila Ridge High School students.Caldwell says the car show is informal and open to anyone having car, pickups, motorcycles or other vehicles they want to show off.
“They just park their car at the barbecue and talk about it” to the public.
There will also be live music and a raffle during the barbecue. People who want lunch but can’t stick around for the entertainment can take their food to go.
Anyone wanting to enter the parade and/or buy early barbecue tickets can call Caldwell at 928-446-1668.
Caldwell said late parade entries should gather at the parade’s staging at 47th Street and Foothills Boulevard by 10 a.m. Saturday.
The annual parade and barbecue celebrate the legacy of Henry “Hank” Schechert, the man credited with founding the Foothills.
Schechert, a Washington state native, in the late 1960s began buying and developing desert land east of Yuma that today is known as the Foothills. The venture was initially dubbed by skeptics as “Hank’s Folly,” but in the decades that followed, the growth of the Foothills proved naysayers wrong.