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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Government Shutdown Affecting Quartzsite

Quartzsite La Posa LTVA

The BLM Yuma Field Office has been notified about the government shutdown and has now closed the water and septic dump station in La Posa South. Campers will be allowed to stay on the LTVAs, but no further permits will be issued at this time. Registration shacks are closed and volunteers are not officially on duty. Signs have been posted. Dump and water  services are available in Quartzsite. Pease see our directory at http://rvquartzsite.com/directory/categories .  We know this is a terrible time for this to happen with the annual RV show and Big Tent just kicking off but please be respectful of any BLM staff you see as they are not responsible for this. Call your Congresspersons if you wish and try to relax and continue to enjoy the pleasures of Quartzsite camping. Please please also respect the desert environment and don’t dump on it.

BLM Shutdown noticeBLM Shutdown notice

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Countdown to Big Tent

Quartzsite Big Tent

The busiest week of the season is here at last! The Big Tent is all setup and vendors are moving in. Customers will have to wait until Saturday to get in as the excitement builds and the strays roll in to camp in the surrounding desert. Remember to leave plenty of space between neighbors, run your generators only as much as is absolutely necessary during decent hours, keep control of your pets, and play nice. Everyone is there to have fun and enjoy the warmer temps so check the attitudes and mind your manners. Check the local radio station for cool tunes from OUR time.

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama opens this week for more shopping choices. We have both the Havasu Balloon Festival and the Blythe Bluegrass Festival for entertainment. I love them both! Since they happen at the same time, you will need to do some planning to hit both on the best days. You may also want to plan to attend the QIA PowWow. You HAM operators will also want to make time for your Quartzfest. Decisions! Decisions! We also have the wonderful annual shows put on by Paul Winer for afternoon or evening entertainment.

Oh my. So busy this week. Take it easy and don’t forget to kick back with friends this week.

Havasu Balloon FestivalBlythe Bluegrass Festival


Annual QIA Pow Wow
January 17 – January 21, 2018 QIA

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair
January 19 – January 21, 2018 1040 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City 6am-9pm

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 19 – January 28, 2018 Tyson Wells

Blythe Annual Bluegrass Music Festival
January 19 – January 21, 2018 Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe, CA

January 20 – January 28, 2018 1/2 mile south of I-10 on Hwy. 95 from 9 am to 5 pm

Paul Winer Show
January 21 & January 22, 2018 QIA- 2 pm & 7pm

Quartzfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering
January 21 – January 27, 2018 Road Runner BLM near mile marker 99

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Love Bugs and Minstrels

Just a couple new events this week. In Lake Havasu City, VW buses will be gathering for their annual celebration of a hippie’s or road tripper’s best friend. Get out there and show them some love! In Quartzsite, The New Christie Minstrels are coming back again to entertain the winter folk. They are a wonderful group, not to be missed.


Buses by the Bridge
January 12 – January 14, 2018 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City

New Christie Minstrels
January 13, 2018 (two shows 2pm & 7pm) QIA Building

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Welcome to January 2018

Happy New Year! More shows/venues are opening this week and Quartzsite is filling up with more folks. It’s getting pretty busy there already as we gear up for the Big Tent this month. It’s getting exciting! We’ll top the week off with the annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade. Temps are in the lovely 70’s during the day while nights are dropping down to the 40’s. It’s good campfire weather to roast some marshmallows and talk about your latest great finds. You may prefer to hunker down inside with friends and family for some rousing games of dominoes or cards into the wee hours. Enjoy!


Author’s Fair Readers Oasis
January – February, 2018

Traders Market
January – February, 2018 Friday – Sunday Desert Gardens Show Grounds 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Annual International Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show
January 01 – February 28, 2018  DESERT GARDENS  I-10 (Exit 17), then east on Frontage Road

Prospectors Panorama
January 02 –February 28, 2018 35 W. Kuehn St.

Annual Quilting at the Lake
January 3 – January 8, 2018  London Bridge Resort, Lake Havasu City 9am-4pm  Classes $85/ day

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 05 – January 14, 2018 Tyson Wells

Hi Jolly Daze Parade
January 6, 2018 Town Park 11am-1pm

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