Originally Published: June 17, 2016 6:04 a.m.
Experience Prescott like never before this weekend: on a water slide.
The Northern Arizona Monsoon Festival will be consuming a portion of downtown on Saturday, June 18.
The main attraction will be a 735-foot slide on Union Street that drops two-and-a-half city blocks into a pool of water on Cortez Street alongside the Courthouse Plaza.
To simulate a beach experience, 1,000 tons of sand will be dumped on Cortez Street, stretching from Union to Goodwin streets. This sandy area will mark the boundaries of a margarita and beer garden.
The event is 12 hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Participants will be able to purchase $20 two-hour water slide tickets on-site the day of the event starting at 8 a.m.
There will be 500 tickets available for each two-hour sliding session, allowing a maximum of 3,000 people to experience the slide.
“It’s limited so lines are cut down,” said Steve Gottlieb of Eagle Management and Events.
Sliders are required to bring their own inflatables and towels. Children must be at least 7 years old to ride and those under 18 must have their parents sign a waiver.
Live music will begin at noon and include the bands Cross Eyed Possum, Vintage Wednesday and Black Moods.
Local businesses along Cortez will be selling their wares and food on the street in addition to several food trucks, Gottlieb said.
A portion of the proceeds generated from the margarita and beer garden will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona.
“[The Boys & Girls Club] have a waitlist right now,” Gottlieb said. “We’re fundraising so they can expand their facilities.”