Clear skies and warm springtime conditions have enveloped Heber Overgaard this last week. Highs in the low-70s have dominated our days, with lows dipping between the low-30s to the low-40s. The outlook for the end of the weekend shows slightly lower temps on Sunday, with highs in the mid-60s and lows down to the lower-20s Sunday night.
The Arizona Department of Safety has lifted the two-year ban on water at the Heber Overgaard July 4th parade in a limited form. Once the ban on water went into effect in 2010, parade attendance had dropped by 50 percent. The Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce responded to the importance of water usage during the parade activities by prompting the ADOS to relax the rules regarding the water activity by creating a “Wet Zone.” From the start of the Parade at Forest Park Drive through the south entry to Tall Timbers Park, there will be no water permitted. Parade participants who do not want to get wet will exit there. Those participants who want to be in the “Wet Zone” will proceed on to Senior Center Drive where they will exit and can assemble at the Senior Center. This extended route will also accommodate more spectators and parking.
In the “Wet Zone,” no water balloons will be permitted. The Chamber of Commerce states that safety of parade participants as well as the attendees is paramount, and asks the public to use common sense if participating in the activity. Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce has received many complaints from the public in the time since it was banned. Many thought it was the Chamber who in fact had enforced a new policy regarding the ban.