Boating safety fair Saturday

LAKE HAVASU CITY - The Colorado River's annual Tri-State Boating Safety Fair is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Havasu City's London Bridge Beach Park, along the Bridgewater Channel at 1340 McCulloch Blvd.

Organizers will be talking about challenges that boaters face while boating on the Colorado River and about general boating safety. Families will be given the opportunity to bring in one outgrown or unsafe life jacket to trade in for a brand new one while supplies last. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be conducting free vessel safety checks.

Families at the event and along the river will also receive a "boating safety bag" filled with promotional items and information about boating laws in strategic areas of the Colorado River.

Boating officials will also be informing boaters about "clean, drain and dry," an effective procedure for combating and preventing the rapidly spreading nuisance of quagga mussels. This nasty invasive species continues to pose a serious threat to fun, safe and environmentally friendly boating.

The safety fair is free and the public is encouraged to stay the entire day to picnic, swim, fish and partake in the action.