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Flyboard Water Jet-Pak Debuts at Lake Las Vegas


(Note: Promotional video provided by Zapata Racing is in French.)

If you think you’ve seen it all on the water, this might make you think twice.

The “Flyboard” Water Jet-Pak makes its American debut Wednesday in a demonstration that runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Las Vegas.

The personal watercraft propels riders skyward on a powerful jet stream of water and allows extended aerial maneuvers, along with dives and belo-surface speeds that rival underwater creatures, according to product manufacturers.

The “Flyboard” is the creation of jet ski racer Franky Zapata, owner of Zapata Racing, headquartered in Le Rove, France. Zapata will perform aerial stunts and dives at the water’s edge in MonteLago Village. Spectators are also invited to view the demonstration from atop the 80-foot La Contessa yacht moored in the adjacent marina.

Record Attendance at WinterFest

Record Attendance at WinterFest


A new attendance record was set for this year’s WinterFest in Henderson.

More than 35,000 people came out for the activities at the annual Christmas celebration. There were visits from Santa Claus, carriage rides, carolers and concerts. The whole weekend ended with the first-ever WinterFest Light Parade. More than 60 floats were entered into the parade. The winners for the contests at this year’s festival included:

Parade Float Winners:

  • First Place: McCaw School of Mines 
  • Second Place: Christmas Memories 
  • Third Place: Paradise Church

Parade Marching Band, Special Interest Vehicle & Equestrian:

  • First Place: Foothill High School 
  • Second Place: Green Valley High School Marching Band 
  • Third Place: Coronado High School Band

Gingerbread House Contest: 

Henderson Ready for WinterFest Weekend

Henderson Ready for WinterFest Weekend

The annual WinterFest in Henderson starts this weekend. The holiday festival will feature several different activities for all ages.

The old-fashioned Christmas celebration is taking place at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, concerts and carousel rides. There will also be a craft bazaar, gingerbread house display and a festival of trees. Plus, a holiday festival would not be complete without a visit from Santa Claus. He will be there on both nights. The event is free. The WinterFest will end with the first ever Evening Light Parade Saturday.

The schedule of events for the weekend:

Friday, December 9

  • Official tree lighting at 6 p.m.
  • Henderson Symphony  Orchestra at 7 p.m.
  • Carriage rides, visit from Santa, pony rides and more from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 10

There Goes Santa, Dropping His Candy Canes Again

There Goes Santa, Dropping His Candy Canes Again


That clumsy Santa: he’s always dropping his candy canes all over the place.

This time, he did it while swimming in the City of Henderson’s pools. Children ages 4-12 are invited to take part in the Candy Cane Hunt events to find them.

Events take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, 310 S. Racetrack Rd., and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool, 1575 C Galleria Dr. Admission at the door is $1 per child per event.

The swimmer who finds the most candy canes wins a prize. Since the candy canes will be submerged, participating children must know how to swim. Parents must accompany children ages 8 and under in the water and within arm’s reach at all times.

For additional information, call 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com/parks.

Party for Troops at Fiesta Henderson

Party for Troops at Fiesta Henderson


A party for locals involved in the Afghanistan conflict will take place this weekend in Henderson.

Fiesta Henderson, 777 W. Lake Mead Blvd., will host hundreds of Army Reservists on Saturday in the hotel’s Cancun Rooms. Many of the approximately 400 troops, who are either returning from or heading to Afghanistan, will gather in meeting space donated by the property. Local lawmakers and entertainers are expected to be on hand with well-wishes.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

WinterFest Seeks Parade Entries


The city of Henderson is looking for entries in its first-ever WinterFest Evening Light Parade.

The parade will be part of the city’s annual WinterFest celebration. The holiday festival is planned for December 9 and 10. The theme this year is Old Fashioned Christmas Delight. It will include horse-drawn carriage rides, visits from Santa, carolers, street performers, a craft bazaar and a gingerbread house display.

The parade is planned for Saturday night in the Water Street District. Admission to participate is free. There is a chance for float entries to win cash prizes. To apply for the parade, go to hendersonlive.com.

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned in Henderson

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned in Henderson


The city of Henderson will be honoring the city’s veterans with a Veterans Day ceremony.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Henderson Events Plaza on Water Street. Mayor Andy Hafen and the Henderson City Council will be there. Brig. Gen. David J. Buck, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force base will give the keynote address.

In November 1994, the Henderson Memorial Wall was dedicated, and each year since then, veterans are honored for their service with a special ceremony at the wall. New names will be added to the panel of the wall dedicated to Vietnam veterans, as well as, to the panel dedicated to all deceased war veterans who lived in Henderson before 1980.