Happy Thanksgiving, Quartzsite!

The sun is shining, temps are warm during the day, and more campers are arriving daily. This week is Thanksgiving, a time to enjoy great food with family and friends and be thankful for what we have including the great opportunity to winter in or near Quartzsite. For what we are about to receive, let us be truly thankful.

This week, ice skating opens for the season in Lake Havasu City. The kids (2-90) and grandkids will love that! Closer to home are the Annual Thanksgiving Regatta Boat Races in Parker for some vroom vroom fun. In Quartzsite, Santa’s Workshop will be showing off his elves arts and crafts. Even an elf needs a hobby so get out there and show some elf love!

 

Annual Thanksgiving Regatta Boat Races
November 23, 2018 – November 24, 2018 Blue Water Resort & Casino, Parker

Ice Skating at the London Bridge
November 24, 2018 – January 8, 2019 London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City

Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Show
November 24, 2018 – November 25, 2018 Tyson Wells Showground 9 am – 5 pm

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Time To Chill Out

Temps this week are in the 60s during the day and dipping down to the 40s at night with some wind so be ready to add those layers all day and snuggle up with your honey at night. Please be very careful with fire. We are in fire weather. Our sincerest best wishes go out to our California campers who are dealing with uncontrolled fires, smoke, and huge losses at this time.

This week is rather slow until the weekend when most of the action will be up in Lake Havasu State Park at the Annual Sand, Water, and RV Expo. They have something for every sports/camping/hunting enthusiast. The cost is only $5 for admission and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the rehabilitation of over 100,000 U.S. military veterans who have suffered debilitating spinal cord injuries and amputation.

In Quartzsite, there will be a foodbank fundraiser so stop on in for some rib sticking chili and cornbread. Mmm mmm! They will also have some great raffle items including gift certificates to Silly Al’s, Walmart and Pilot gas.

 

Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo
November 17, 2018 – November 18, 2018 Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor Beach) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lone Steer BBQ Chili & Cornbread Quartzsite Foodbank Fundraiser
November 18, 2018 Tyson Wells Showground Rock Motel Building 12:00 pm until the chili runs out

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Cooling Down As The Season Heats Up

I’m back! The temps in Quartzsite are finally down to much more comfortable levels in the 80’s and cooler at night so be sure to bring your short sleeves for the daytime and a coat for nighttime.

Don’t forget to vote. Every vote is important!

If you happen to be staying up in Havasu, there’s an interesting race coming up this week. The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is also coming up. Hoorah!

In Quartzsite, Buck Connor Days will be taking place at Town Park November 9th to the 11th.

 

QIA Craft Faire and Yard Sale
November 3, 2018 QIA 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Another Dam Race-Paddle Board & Outrigger Race
November 3, 2018 River Lodge Resort to Blue Water Resort & Casino 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Buck Connor Days
November 9, 2018 – November 11, 2018 Quartzsite Town Park

Marine Corps Birthday Ball
November 10, 2018 London Bridge Resort Convention Center, 1477 Queens Bay,Lake Havasu City
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm $40/person

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Bunches Of Fun At Lake Havasu

Sorry I’m a bit late with this post. I’m going out of town for a couple weeks so here’s the lowdown on activities during that time. Lake Havasu is hosting the Duck Derby Races again and there will also be Drag boat races to get your hearts pumping. Next week they’ll host the Relics & Rods Run To The Sun. For your Halloween enjoyment, the Quartzsite VFW will host a Family Freedom Fright Festival also next week. Catch you all again in a couple weeks.

 

2018 Duck Derby Races
October 13, 2018 Under the London Bridge, 422 English Village, Lake Havasu City 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lucas Oil “Thunder on the River” Drag Boat Races
October 13, 2018 – October 14, 2018 Bluewater Resort and Casino, Parker

40th Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
October 17, 2018 – October 21, 2018 Bridgewater Links @ London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City

Family Freedom “FRIGHT” Festival
October 20, 2018 VFW Post 769 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Quartzsite is Calling

quartzsite001Howdy and welcome to another Quartzsite winter season! Yep, it’s that time again. The great Quartzsite snowbird migration has started. It’s still plenty hot at 97 degrees today with wind, rain, and a flood watch until 5:00 AM MST on October 03, 2018 but that won’t stop the season from coming.

Our website calendar of events is now updated so you can start planning  your fun. Lots of swap meet venues start opening in just a few days. If you are into jet skiing, you may want to stop in Lake Havasu first to watch the Blowsion World Finals and catch the Haunted Pineapple Race. In Parker, the CRIT Native American Days Fair and Expo will be available for your strolling pleasure on Friday and Saturday.

If you don’t already have a reservation at an area campground and don’t plan to boondock on BLM land, you best be getting that done soon. Campsites book up fast this time of year, especially for January. It’s also a good time to look at items that need repaired or upgrading in and on your RV and start making a list. At Quartzsite, you can find most ANYTHING and get lots of repair work done or shop for a new or new to you RV.

From me and my family to you, have a wonderful Quartzsite season!

 

Blowsion World Finals – Jet Ski extreme sports
September 29 – October 7, 2018 Crazy Horse Campgrounds, 1534 Beachcomber Blvd., Lake Havasu City

Hi Ali Swapmeet
October, 2018 – March, 2019  120 West Cowell Street

Good Ground Trading Swapmeet
October, 2018 – March, 2019

Liquidator Depot Swapmeet
October, 2018 – March, 2019

Main Street Gem & Mineral Swapmeet
October, 2018 – March, 2019

Fish Fry Friday
October, 2018 – March, 2019 Fridays VFW 120 S. Palo Verde, Quartzsite, AZ

Tyson Wells Market Center Swapmeet
October 2018 – March 2019 121 W. Kuehn St.

Rice Ranch “Yawl Come” Show
October 2018 – March 2019 55 E. Kuehn St.

Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
October 2018 – March 2019 50 E. Kuehn St.

10th Annual Haunted Pineapple Race
October 4, 2018 London Bridge Beach, McCulloch Blvd. & Beachcomber Blvd., Lake Havasu City  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual CRIT Native American Days Fair & Expo
October 5, 2018 – October 6, 2018 Manataba Park 2660 Mohave Rd, Parker, AZ

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Pyros and Rockabillies and Eagles Oh My!

Holy cow! It’s time already for the annual Winter Blast and Pyrotechnic Show up in Lake Havasu City again. This awesome spectacle is a must-see at least once in your lifetime event. Camping is already fully booked but you can drive up for the day and parking is only $5. Pets and car alarms are discouraged due to the constant loud noises during the show which set them both off.

For those of you with fond memories of the 1950s, the Rockabilly Reunion is for you with the largest 1950’s-themed car show and music festival. Retro is IN and can be found at Lake Havasu City this weekend.

Eagles fans should consider going to the Hotel California concert at the Bluewater Resort in Parker, AZ. While the Eagles band dissolved long ago, their music lives on and still thrills audiences of all ages. Check in to their music and you will never check out.

 

Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnic Show
February 15 – 18, 2018 SARA Park, 7260 S. Sara Parkway, Lake Havasu City @dusk

Annual Lake Havasu City Rockabilly Reunion
February 16 – 18, 2018 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City

Hotel California – Salute to the Eagles
February 17, 2018 Bluewater Resort Showroom, Parker AZ 7pm

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Still Going…

The annual RV show may be over and some of you have headed back home but Quartzsite still has plenty to offer to its winter residents. The Gold & Treasure Show is happening this week in Quartzsite. Up in Lake Havasu City, they will be celebrating their Winterfest again. If you are into remote controlled planes, The Desert Flyers will be taking off at their airfield to show off their prowess and share the fun.

While not particularly entertaining, if you are still in the area you have a chance to get several health screening tests done at one time at the QIA on Wednesday.

 

Right Path Health Screenings
February 7, 2018 QIA 11 screenings $200

Quartzsite Gold & Treasure Show
February 9 – February 11, 2018 QIA building. Friday – Sunday 9am-4pm

Desert Flyers RC Fun Fly
February 9, 2018 James B. Colwell Field, 780 N. Plymouth Ave. 9:00 am

Annual Havasu Winterfest
February 10 – 11, 2018 McCulloch Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Geocaching, Food, and Fun

This week kicks off the Escapee Geocachers rally. All geocachers are welcome to join them for fun using millions of dollars of government hardware to find little containers in the desert to sign the logs and score. LOL It may seem silly to some but geocaching has led me to countless wonderful sites I would never have found on my own in my travels and helped me to learn an area fast. Get a group together for even more fun socializing while hunting. If you have the nerve, go night caching with a group and strong flashlights to find GC7HJBH off Cholla Road. I’m seeing many of you finding my personal favorite, The Dump, in Quartzsite.

The food bank could use your help and is offering up dancing, refreshments, and prizes in return for your cash or boxed or canned food donation.

The Dump Station Revue sounds like fun over at JR’s RV Park.

For some fine homemade items, stop in at the arts and crafts fair at Tyson Wells and the Quilt Show at the Senior Center.

 

Escapee Geocachers
January 29 – February 2, 2018 GPS N 33° 35.135 W 114° 13.529 (Hwy. 95, Near MM-99,BLM Roadrunner)
9am Open to all geocachers, $5 at registration

Live, Love, Laugh, Line Dance Fundraiser – Food Bank
January 29, 2018 QIA 11am – 2pm $5 No partner needed. Learn new dances. Refreshments and prizes.
Food donation box

The Dump Station Revue – Original Comedy and Songs
January 31, 2018 JR’s RV Park Hwy 95 7pm $5

Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair
February 2 – February 11, 2018 Tyson Wells 9am-5pm

Quilt Show
February 2, 2018 – February 3, 2018 Senior Center

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Food Donations Needed

Not everyone who lives or camps in Quartzsite is well off. The Quartzsite Food Bank helps many people keep food on the table and they could use your donations of food or money to continue helping them. I remember a time as a young under-employed family when we lived on hot dogs and mac n’ cheese. It was not a fun time.

The food bank has food donation boxes around town at Dollar General, RoadRunner Market, Family Dollar, Silly Al’s Restaurant, Horizon Community Bank, Quartzsite General Store and the Town Hall/Library. Items they need are canned, boxed or packaged food including meat, vegetables, dinners, pasta, peanut butter, snack bars, water and other beverages including juice.

You can also help by attending their Live, Love, Laugh, Line Dance Fundraiser on January 29, 2018 at the QIA from 11am – 2pm $5 charge. No partner needed. Learn new dances. There will be refreshments and prizes.

For more information or to make a cash donation, go to FQFoodBank.com .

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Rodeo and Fundraiser Time

Lots going on this week. The Big Tent is open and that along with all the other swap meet venues can keep you pretty busy. If you get hungry, we have spaghetti feed and pancake breakfast fundraisers that would appreciate your donations. There is also a potluck for Canadians at the QIA, eh.

Aside from the RV show in Quartzsite, the other big draws are up in Lake Havasu City with the rodeo in town and Camaros on the bridge. There is always plenty of great entertainment at the rodeo as well as good food.

Was the 60s or 70s YOUR time or are you a fan of the Cheech and Chong movies? Cheech and Chong will be appearing at the Bluewater Resort in Parker for what I am sure will be a funny show.  If gospel music is more your thing, the Parks Family who have performed in Branson, MO will be in Quartzsite this week with several performances scheduled.

 

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
January 24, 2018 Queen of Peace Catholic Church 5005 E Mockingbird St. 4 – 6pm $7

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
January 27, 2018 Queen of Peace Catholic Church 5005 E Mockingbird St. 7:30 – 9:30am $5

Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Assn. & Little Delbert Days
January 27 – January 28, 2018 SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, 7206 Dub Campbell Parkway, Lake Havasu City 10am – 4pm

Annual Run to the Fun/Camaros on the Bridge
January 27, 2018 Lake Havasu City London Bridge 7:45-8:15am

Cheech & Chong
January 27, 2018 Bluewater Resort Amphitheatre, Parker AZ 4pm

Canadian Potluck
January 27, 2018 QIA 11am – 2pm All Canadians welcome. $3 Prizes
Meat, Potatoes, Gravy, Buns & Butter will be supplied.
Please bring a potluck dish for 8 (Salads, Desserts, Veggies, Pickles, etc.)

The Parks Family – Southern Gospel with a Country Flavor
January 28, 2018 10:30am & 6:30pm,  January 29, 2018 – February 2, 2018 6:30pm
Quartzsite First Assembly of God 665 W. Tyson Street

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