Great Fall Events at Watson Lake Park

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2 great weekends of fun and excitement (Fri Sept 25-Sun Sept 27 and Sat Oct 10-Sun Oct 11th)

  • The Prescott Intertribal Pow Wow (open to the public)
  • Prescott’s Great Outdoor recreation festival and Expo

Beautiful Watson Lake Park has so much to do on any given day but be sure not to miss these special events this fall, The Prescott Intertribal Pow Wow and Prescott’s Great Outdoor recreation festival and Expo. Both of these great events will be held at  Watson Lake Park – 3101 Watson Lake Rd., Prescott.  Point of Rocks RV Campground is adjacent to the park with easy access from our trail leading right into the park.

1. THE PRESCOTT INTERTRIBAL POW WOW will be held at Watson Lake Park starting Friday afternoon September 25, 2015 and running through Sunday September 27, 2015.

Come to the  9th annual Prescott social Pow Wow and Native art show for a beautiful weekend of dancing, music, food, art and children’s activities. Free admission and raffle prizes.  (There is a $5 parking fee. Guest staying at Point of Rocks can walk over to the event using the trail that leads from the campground to Watson Lake Park.)

 “The contemporary Pow Wow is a link to the past that helps maintain Native Heritage.  The Pow Wow is a spiritual legacy which should be treated with respect and honor.  It is a time for Native American families to be together with other family members and friends.  It is a time of sharing, of laughter and tears, of learning, and of caring.  It is a time when Native Americans reflect on their traditions.  It is a time to honor the past and celebrate the future.

  The word “Pow Wow” comes from the Algonquin word “Pau Wau” which was used to describe medicine men and spiritual leaders.  Early Europeans thought that the word referred to the entire event.   As Native American tribes learned English, they accepted this definition.

  A typical Pow Wow starts on Friday evening with a single Grand Entry and preliminary contest dancing as well as Intertribal dancing.  Saturday has two Grand Entries, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening after a dinner break.   Sunday usually has a single Grand Entry in the afternoon after which the final competitions are held for the contest.

   Families travel hundreds of miles to attend Pow Wows across the continent.  Time and distance are not relevant.  The renewal of traditions and reinforcement of the heritage is the important thing.  It is a time to strengthen the circle. ”  by www.prescottpowwow.org

The public is welcome and encouraged to watch or even join in.  To be respectful please be aware of the proper etiquette for pow wow which can be found here.  https://www.prescottpowwow.org/etiquette-at-powwow/

Schedule:

FRIDAY (September 25th, 2015) :

  • Gourd Dance 2-6pm
  • Grand Entry 7pm

SATURDAY (September 26th, 2015) :

  • Gourd Dance 10-12pm
  • Grand Entry 1-4pm
  • Gourd Dance 5-7pm
  • Grand Entry 7pm

SUNDAY (September 27th, 2015) :

  • Gourd Dance 10-12pm
  • Grand Entry 1-4 pm

2.  PRESCOTT”S GREAT OUTDOORS RECREATION FESTIVAL AND EXPO  will be held at Watson Lake Park on Saturday October 10th through Sunday October 11th from 10a- 5p. 

This is the 4th annual Prescott Great Outdoors event highlighting many recreational opportunities with in the quad cities area and beyond.  It is a fun and education filled weekend for all ages and abilities for those who enjoy the great outdoors.  It is a family and pet friendly event.

Admission Fees (per day)

$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Chidren 7-17
Free – Children 6 and under
Admission fees are required to cover all event expenses.

The event is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, with something for everyone.  There is so much to see and do.  The lake will be specially stocked with rainbow trout for a fishing event, they will have live music, lectures on survival and the outdoors, interactive booths on wildlife research with live creatures presented by AGFD, a zipline, climbing wall, instructional rappelling, educational classes and clinics and many booths with venders and food.  There is so much to see and do.  For more detail see the website at:  https://www.prescott-az.gov/services/parks/programs/?category=great-outdoors

Come stay with us (Point of Rocks Campground is right next door to Watson Lake Park)

Call 928-445-9018 to make your reservation to stay at the Point of Rocks Campground.  Adventure awaits you.