Advantage In! – Fountain Hills will host Women’s Professional Tennis Tournament

All of us here in the Tourism Division can not contain our excitement because in a mere 3 days the Town of Fountain Hills welcomes the CopperWynd Pro Women’s Tennis Tournament!   Taking place at the CopperWynd Resort and Club, on November 8-15, the Women’s Pro Challenge, a USTA Pro Circuit event, is the largest women’s professional tennis tournament in Arizona and only 1 of 2 women’s professional tennis tournaments in the state. Cliff Drysdale

Let’s show these ladies some Fountain Hills love, no pun intended, by watching and supporting these pros as they compete for the grand prize and move one step closer to the Australian and U.S. Open!


 

The field for the CopperWynd Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tournaments at the $50,000 level typically feature players ranked from #100 to #500 in the world.  They are stepping-stones to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tournaments like the Australian and US Open. Each year, more than half the players in the US Open Women’s draw have either played or are currently playing on the USTA Pro Circuit.

CopperWynd’s inaugural tournament will be the last leg of the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, in which the American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three chosen USTA Pro Circuit events will receive a wildcard to compete in the Australian Open main draw. “It is very exciting to host a tournament in this series,” says Scott McCulloch, VP of Operations for Cliff Drysdale Tennis Management and the CopperWynd Pro Challenge Tournament Director. “The CopperWynd Pro Challenge will provide spectators with a chance to see these up and coming players in an intimate setting and then cheer for them at the Grand Slams.”

The CopperWynd Pro Challenge will feature several community tennis events throughout the week, including a Kids Day to kickoff the tournament on Saturday, November 7th. “This community loves tennis, and we are excited to be able to host such a dynamic event,” states William Hinz “We are looking forward to continue spreading our love and passion for the sport of tennis.” – CEO – CopperWynd Resort and Club


 

 

For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact:  Scott McCulloch at 239-246-5303 or email s.mcculloch@cliffdrysdale.com

Ballet Under the Stars returns to Fountain Hills

Fountain Park – 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


If there is a more beautiful and elegant way to kick off your weekend than spending it with the Ballet Arizona troop as they dance the night away under our Fountain Hills Sonoran sky, we cannot think of it!


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Until now it has been tradition for the annual appearance of the “Ballet Under the Stars” Fountain Hills performance to be on a Thursday night, but that is all about to change.  This year’s performance will move from Thursday night to Friday October 2.

Join us for a relaxing evening under the gorgeous Arizona sky as Ballet Arizona continues its annual season opening tradition with “Ballet Under the Stars”.  Free and open to the public, “Ballet Under the Stars” allows Arizona communities to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a varied program, ranging from classical to contemporary. You won’t want to miss this perfect show for the entire family – it is a great way to introduce ballet to your children for the first time.


 

For more information please contact Grace Rodman-Guetter at 480-816-5165

Fourth at the Fountain; A 4th of July Celebration!


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On July 4, 2015 we celebrate the 239th anniversary of our American Independence, and what better way to show our American pride then with an outdoor celebration of our freedom!  Ordinary 4th of July festivities consist of BBQ’s, floating in the pool, rocket pops and of course a fireworks display, but Fountain Hills is no ordinary community and you can bet that our Fourth at the Fountain celebration isn’t either!  Begging the question; what do parachutes, water slides, rock walls, and fireworks all have in common?  All of those, and much more, will be featured at the Town of Fountain Hills Fourth at the Fountain event!

Our one of a kind community is putting on a one of a kind event with food, fun, fireworks, and of course, our World Famous Fountain!  Fourth at the Fountain festivities will also include: live DJ, a patriotic parachuting demonstration, bounce houses, a beer garden, food and beverages, and last but not least, a fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. over our World Famous Fountain!  This year we also welcome the addition of water slide and a 25 foot tall rock climbing wall to the kid’s area.  The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in Fountain Park.

Start a new tradition by joining us for our star spangled Fourth at the Fountain Independence Day celebration in Fountain Park!    Enjoy your Fourth at our Fountain!


 

Admission:  Ages 20 and under are free; Adults 21 and over are $5.00.  Bring the whole family out to Fountain Hills to celebrate Fountain Hills’ Fourth at the Fountain!  Please remember: no coolers and service animals only.  Thank you!

Schedule of Events:

Gates open:                                                                               5:00 p.m.

Dj, giveaways, prize raffle and dancing :                  5-8:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Welcome:                                                                8:30 p.m.

Parachute Demonstration:                                              9:15 p.m.

Fireworks show                                                                      9:30 p.m.


 

Sponsored by: The Town of Fountain Hills, AMVETS Post #7, and Elks Club

For more information please e-mail us at tourism@fh.az.gov or visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/experiencefountainhills or Fourth at the Fountain

 

 

 

Slide the City

SLIDE INTO FOUNTAIN HILLS ON APRIL 25, 2015

FOR A ONE OF A KIND EVENT, SLIDE THE CITY! 

 

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For the first time in Arizona, this one of a kind slip and slide event, Slide the City is coming to Fountain Hills!  What better way to cool off from the scorching Arizona sun than with 1000 feet of slip and slide fun?  A day full of water park-style fun awaits you at this upcoming special event.  Bring your swim suit, friends, and family!

In addition to the main slip and slide attraction, the event will also feature; water games, food, music and much more!    All sliders must slide on a tube, you may bring your own or tubes may be purchased at the event.  Any participant who purchases a Triple slider or VIP slider package will receive a tube free of charge.

All VIP sliders will also get the chance to slide one hour prior to the official start of the event, as well as an additional hour after the close of the event!

The event is open on Saturday, April 25th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  VIP sliding is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Basic Event FAQ’s

  1. Remember to bring your own tube! Tubes are required for all riders.  For VIP ticket purchases your tube is included in the ticket price.
  2. Children ages 5 and older or who are over 46 inches tall are welcome to slide!
  3. If you do not want to ride, you do not have to pay for a ticket to be a part of the event.
  4. For safety reasons, all riders must slide in their own tube, no lap riding.

New Picture (1)For more details, cool videos, registration information and ticket purchases please visit:  SlidetheCity.com. Ticket prices vary depending on date of purchase. Interested participants are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid late registration fees.  Available slide options are: one slide, three slides, or unlimited slides. Tickets are on sale now! Be one of the first to experience Slide the City in Arizona!


This event takes place on Palisades Boulevard between Sunflower Rd. and Lost Hills Drive.  Parking will be at Fountain Hills High School, as well as nearby church parking lots.  Shuttles to and from the churches will be available during the hours of the event.  Road closures and detours will be in effect and event participants are encouraged to use Fountain Hills Blvd as their primary route. This event will be held near a residential district and we ask participants to park in designated parking locations only.

Please click on the map below to see and enlarged view.

Slide the City Parking Map


FOUNTAIN HILLS MUSIC FESTIVAL

FOUNTAIN HILLS MUSIC FESTIVAL; FOUR GREAT ACTS IN ONE AFTERNOON


Arizona weather in the spring is just about as gorgeous as it gets!  So, why stay

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The Town of Fountain Hills invites you to join us on Sunday, March 8, 2015 for an afternoon of music and fun in Fountain Park!  This one-day event was formerly known as the Fountain Hills Concert Series and has been transformed into a spectacular new, one-day music festival

Several musical acts will perform outdoors, each with its own style and genre.  From electrified strings to Spanish flair, this music festival has something for everyone!  Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends, and spend the day finding it all in Fountain Hills.


 Performances include:

12:00 – 1:00pm: Ryan Sims

From the very beginning, Ryan had a passion for all elements of music and performing.  Ryan’s talents developed quickly as he became a skilled, self-taught guitarist, singer and songwriter.  Ryan and his band were named Performer of the Year award at the LA Music/Hollywood Fame Awards in 2007 and 2008.  In 2009 Ryan snatched up Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Phoenix Music Awards.  For more info visit http://www.ryansimsmusic.com


1:30 – 2:30pm: Urban Electra

From classic rock to alternative rock, pop, club music, and cutting edge electronic music, Urban Electra electric string quartet brings to the stage an eclectic repertoire of original works and chart toppers.  For more info visit http://urbanelectra.com


3:00 – 4:00pm: Sahnas Brothers

“It’s my life’s work to express those emotions and feelings that can only be conveyed through music.”  Long-time guitar duo, the Sahnas Brothers incorporate Spanish style into their musical renditions.   For more info please visit http://www.sahnasmusic.com


4:30 – 6:00pm: Western Fusion

Western Fusion was formed in the late 90’s by band leader Brian Childress. Brian’s goals were to have a band that sounded like radio and be composed of some of the best musicians Arizona has to offer.  The band has opened for National Acts such as: Blake Shelton and Mark Wills at Graham Central Station (formerly Rockin’ Rodeo).   For more info please visit http://westernfusionband.com


Hours: 12-6 p.m.

Location: Fountain Park – 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Admission:  Open to the public – FREE

Parking: Free


For more information please e-mail us at tourism@fh.az.gov

'Fount Rushmore' to Welcome Two New Additions

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson will join our Presidential collection of statues in Fountain Park

We think that our snow birds might be feeling a little homesick for Mount Rushmore National Park.  Fountain Park will welcome two new Presidential Art installations in Fountain Park on President’s Day this year making our park look more and more like Mount Rushmore!


Fountain Park, or should we say ‘Fount Rushmore’ will become home to two new Presidential sculptures on Monday, Feb 16, 2015.  There is no more appropriate day than President’s Day to welcome George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Fountain Hills.  The pair will join existing sculptures of Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln on the southwest side of the park, along Saguaro Blvd.


The instillation of these two new life-size pieces in “Presidents row” was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association and the generous donations from the Town of Fountain Hills residents.  These life-size bronzes were created by Colorado artists; George and Mark Lundeen.  Both Lundeen Brothers will be delivering our new acquisitions on Monday, February 16, 2015 at approximately 2 p.m.


Residents are encouraged to visit the park on this day and view the additions to our Town’s treasured art collection.  Remember to check out our Art Walk guided art tour schedule in out special events calendar to schedule your Art Walk Tour today!


 

Concours in the Hills Returns 2/7

Now that the Super Bowl and Waste Management Open have come and gone, you might be asking yourself … Now what?!

What a week the valley has seen! Record breaking crowds at the TPC Scottsdale, with a dramatic hole-in-one on the 16th not to mention hosting  Superbowl XLIX, packed with spectacular catches and unthinkable interceptions.

But events season is just getting started in AZ, as fury groundhogs predict 6 more weeks of winter, things are bright and sunny in Fountain Hills and we’re ready to continue the excitement of world class events as we welcome back Concours in the Hills!


Concours in the Hills is not a formal “white glove” event, but rather a gathering of automobile enthusiasts in one of the most spectacular locations in the valley, on the green grass around Fountain Hills’ World Famous Fountain.  We are proud the welcome Concours in the Hills back to Fountain Hills on February 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Arizona is arguably the greatest car lover’s state in the United States. Local and informal car shows are held almost every weekend throughout the state, in shopping malls, public parks and car dealer parking lots. The organizers have created an Arizona statewide Concours d’Elegance in suburban Phoenix where antique, historic and high performance automobiles will come together to be viewed and judged in an ideal and dramatic setting on the beautiful green grass of 64-acre Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona, with its famous 560-foot fountain, one of the world’s highest, serving as a dramatic backdrop.


Cars will be judged in the categories of Best Import, Best Domestic and Best of Show. Judging will be conducted by the entrants and spectators will judge “People’s Choice.”

The Concours is supported by the leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Jaguar, Ford GT, Viper, Corvette, Lotus, De Tomaso, DeLorean, and others. Hundreds of ultra-high performance, exotic and rare collector vehicles is scheduled to be on display. Pre-registration of vehicles is available at a minimum donation of $50 in advance or $60 at the gate. Spectator admission is free.  

 


For registration or any information contact concoursinthehills@cox.net

A Look Back

A Look Back

The holiday season is in full swing and the New Year quickly approaches, and as with many others this time of year, we too are reflecting on what the past 365 days have meant to us.

2014.  In a word; WOW!  The Fountain Hills Office of Tourism has many incredible things to reflect on this year.  First thing is first, 2014 has brought the tourism program under Town direction and with that the creation of our dynamic duo!  Where would I be without my other half, Rachael?  Well I can tell you one thing for sure; Tourism Thursdays would be very boring without her!  Over the past year Rachael and I have been working hard to bring excitement and exposure to Fountain Hills.  From this program we have launched a successful social media campaign, redesigned our tourism look and launched a major marketing campaign with one goal in mind; we want more visitors!  However, this past year has not just been a journey for the tourism program; it has been a journey for us as well.

 

We’ve gone to statewide conferences, farmers markets, recreation classes, and special events.  We’ve gorged ourselves on town staples like Senor Taco, Dj’s Bagel Café, and Chocofin.  We have found our fresh, found our food, found our festivals, found our family, and found our fun, but most importantly we have met some incredible people around town and that means that we have found it all!

 

We may be the team who are charged with bringing this town to visitor’s attention, but in all honesty Fountain Hills has brought itself to our attention.  We have experienced Fountain Hills and now it’s your turn!  We hope this blog inspires you to get out there, try something new, experience something unique that only this incredible town can offer, and find what Fountain Hills means to you.  Here’s to 2015 an everything it has in store for us, see you next year!

 

The Tourism Team

Fourth at the Fountain!

Fountain Hills is about to be lit up like the 4th of July, or should we say on the 4th of July!  That is right we are bringing a fireworks celebration back to Fountain Park!

Join the Town of Fountain Hills, Amvets Post #7, Elks Club, and Brokers Alliance for a star spangled Fourth of July celebration as we bring fireworks back to Fountain Hills!  This one of a kind community is putting on a one of a kind community event with food, fun, fireworks, and of course our World Famous Fountain!  Festivities include: Live entertainment from the Hilltop Band, bounce houses, a beer garden, food and beverages, and last but not least, a fireworks show starting at 9:00 p.m.  Event will take place from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. in Fountain Park.  Admission:  Ages 20 and under are free; Adults 21 and over are $5.00.  Bring the whole family out to Fountain Hills to celebrate and all American Fountain Hills’ Fourth at the Fountain!


Date                       Topic/Location

July 4, 2014           Fourth of July Celebration

5:00-10:00 p.m.   Fountain Park, Fountain Hills, Arizona

Fireworks show – 9:00 p.m.


Admission

Ages 20 and under – Free

Ages 21 and over – $5.00

Intern Adventures

Many interns, who are less fortunate than myself, do not get to boast they are told to spend their work hours experiencing town events and getting to know the many local businesses around the area. Instead they are stuck inside an office building staring out the window as they count down the hours to closing time. While I am no stranger to a long work day, I have been happily consumed by today’s work, before I even notice that it is already time for lunch.Intern Photo

Every now and then I get to spend a little time in town but today’s trip outside the office was special because, for the first time in my three months at the Office of Tourism, I got to dine at Dj’s Bagel Cafe with none other than my own boss. I mean who could possibly say no to a bagel sandwich?

Needless to say I had an incredible BLT on a Jalapeño bagel that was almost as big as me, which really isn’t that hard to find for someone who is only 5’ 2”. So after a great lunch, my supervisor took me up to Lake Overlook Trail, just in time to see the Fountain go off.  It was quite the sight and I must admit I had never seen Fountain Hills look so incredible. The park below us was an incredible sea off green surrounding the sky-high geyser shooting out from the Fountain. It’s no wonder so many visitors travel from far and wide to spend a little time here.

I guess what I am really trying to say is that this internship has already become more than I could have imagined. I dare another intern to say they enjoyed a hike with their boss for lunch. I have yet to have a typical day at the office and I hope I never do.

Here’s to many more intern adventures!

Grace