The history of the Colorado River regatta was thoroughly detailed during the August 2 Bullhead City council meeting. Ed Catalfimo told council members the event has been a huge success and that tremendous improvements have been made over the years in registration, transportation, sanitation and public safety.

Catalfimo said personnel from more than 20 agencies will be working together to make the regatta safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Well more than 20,000 people are expected for the eight mile long river float on August 13. They’ll be enjoying an array of activity and entertainment during “before” and “after” parties.

Catalfimo said only 583 people registered for the first event in 2003. He said formal participation peaked at roughly 29,000 in 2013.

“This event, from the very beginning, has always been to drive tourism here to Bullhead City, to put Bullhead City on the map,” Catalfimo said. “It’s done that, and now we’re starting to see the ancilliary effects of all of our hard work.”

Catalfimo said the regatta has had an $81-million impact on the area economy over the past five years. He also noted more difficult to measure residual benefits from additional visitation and relocations over time.