The Big Tent RV Show continues this week. Moving around in the tent appears to be easier this year with fewer attendees and one way aisles. Masks are required and there are people stationed at all entrances to hand out masks as needed if you don’t bring your own.
There’s lots of great food to be had around the Big Tent and at Tyson Wells. They’ve got me drooling! Don’t forget the ice cream.
This week is the QIA Pow Wow. If you can’t find a vendor at Tyson Wells that you saw there before, check for them over at the Pow Wow as some vendors did move over there.
After a hard day of shopping, most folks are hanging out around the campfire, the best part of winter camping in the Q.
Temperatures have been higher than usual so be careful about leaving pets alone inside during the day. Outside unwatched is equally dangerous for pets now that we are in coyote mating season. Keep pets leashed at all times and watch them close so they don’t become dinner.
Annual QIA Pow Wow
January 20, 2021 – January 24, 2021 QIA 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Yay! The show must go on and it is. This week the Big Tent RV Show and Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama open albeit with some changes for safety. Attendance appears down for both vendors and customers but more folks will be showing up just before the show opens as usual. Enjoy the week and don’t overdo it! If you do overdo it, find a comfortable chair and go fly a kite!
International Kite Day
January 14, 2021 Go fly a kite!
Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 15, 2021 – January 24, 2021 Tyson Wells
BIG TENT….SPORTS, VACATION & R.V. SHOW
January 16, 2021 – January 24, 2021 1/2 mile south of I-10 on Hwy. 95 from 9 am to 5 pm
Quartz-Pause Amateur Radio Operators Gathering
January 17, 2021 – January 23, 2021 Road Runner BLM near mile marker 99. Please see info before coming.
Happy New Year, Quartzsite! We made it through 2020 and the vaccines are rolling out. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a much better year this year. Best wishes to you all!
The shows and parade must go on. With a bit of caution and social distancing we can make this season a good one still. Out on the BLM, it is pretty easy to distance ourselves while enjoying winter in the South. More venues have opened up and Kuehn is looking pretty good as is Main St.
January, 2021 – February, 2021 Friday – Sunday Desert Gardens Show Grounds 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
January 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021 35 W. Kuehn St. 9am-5pm
Annual International Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show
January 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021 DESERT GARDENS I-10 (Exit 17), then east on Frontage Road
Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 1, 2021 – January 10, 2021 Tyson Wells 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Quartzsite Off Road Meet & Greet
January 6, 2021 Quartzsite Association (QIA) 10am – 12pm
An informal gathering of off-road enthusiasts with refreshments and prize drawings sharing experiences, trail information, destinations, and meeting like-minded riders.
Hi Jolly Daze Annual Parade
January 9, 2021 Quartzsite Town Park 11 am – 12 pm
Yes, Arizona, there is a Santa Claus and he is coming to towns near you this week. The Greasewood Swap Meet also opens this week and your fellow off-road enthusiasts will be meeting at the QIA to share info on trails and shoot the you know.
Greasewood Swap Meet
December 2020 – March 2021
Quartzsite Off Road Meet & Greet
December 2, 2020 Quartzsite Association (QIA) 10am – 12pm
An informal gathering of off-road enthusiasts with refreshments and prize drawings, sharing experiences, trail information, destinations, and meeting like-minded riders.
Blythe Christmas Parade
December 5, 2020 Blythe CA – Hobsonway 5 p.m
Quartzsite Christmas Light Parade
December 5, 2020 Quartzsite Main St. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone this week. I hope you all have a delicious holiday dinner. I plan to cook a turkey roast in my Instant Pot for the first time. Crossing fingers. If you are looking for someone else to do the cooking, you might try Sunset Grill. They will be open for Turkey dinner on Thursday 11/26, starting at 2 until food is gone. Both eat in or take out available. Asking $10-12 donation.
Speaking of yummy food, Fish Friday at The Quartzsite Yacht Club 2 PCs Alaskan Cod, French Fries, coleslaw and Tartar $10.25 all day long or you can enjoy a 12 oz Ribeye Steak Dinner 4 pm. Open at 2 daily. Closed for Thanksgiving.
This coming weekend starts the Annual Festival of Lights up in Havasu. It’s very pretty. You can also see some pretty items at Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Show right here in Quartzsite.
Annual Festival of Lights
November 27th, 2020 6:00pm – January 4th, 2021 10:00pm London Bridge, Lake Havasu City
Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Show
November 28, 2020 – November 29, 2020 Tyson Wells Showground Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 11am – 3pm
A big welcome back to the snowbirds who are already in the Quartzsite area for the season! It is certainly going to be different this year but we can still have fun in our own small groups and the RV show is still on the schedule. Speaking of which, the events page has been updated so be sure to check it each week.
With all the newbies buying RVs right now for safer vacations, we’ll likely see a few here. Let’s not forget our first RV days and be sure to welcome them and help them ease into this wonderful lifestyle. I remember my first year when I failed to chalk the trailer wheels while unhitching and dropped the tongue TWICE! Oops.
Don’t forget to bring your masks and hand sanitizer. Remember regular shopping and medical facilities in the area are limited and we don’t want to over burden them or spread to the locals.
Lake Havasu IMAC Challenge, Southwest Regional Finals
November 14, 2020 – November 15, 2020 @ 08:00 AM -Sterling Field RC Complex @ SARA Park, Dub Campbell Parkway, Lake Havasu City, AZ deserthawksrc.org | Admission Price: Spectators free; Registration fee $50 IMAC Member; $70 Non-IMAC Precision RC aerobatics competition.
November 16, 2020 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 2 pm
Great news per the Facebook page of the Bureau of Land Management – Arizona:
“The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is planning to offer normal services and facilities at the Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) for the upcoming winter season. The LTVA season will begin on schedule on September 15. The four La Posa LTVAs near Quartzsite (La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash), and the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma are a popular winter tradition for the visiting public. We need everyone to do their part to ensure a successful LTVA season.
BLM staff will continue monitoring COVID-19 guidelines from state and local health officials, and we will adjust operations as needed to comply with those guidelines.
While we plan to maintain facilities and services as we do each year, LTVA visitors can be best prepared by bringing their own sanitation supplies such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We remind our visitors to follow the CDC’s guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.
We continue to keep most BLM public lands in Arizona accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing the public to have a place to be socially distant, together. We appreciate our visitors’ cooperation in making this winter’s LTVA season a successful one.
Keep up to date on changes to facilities and services in Arizona in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19): http://ow.ly/4hGy50BhAdu
Through our partnership with Amazon.com, we now have shirts in various styles and phone grips available for purchase and are working on more. This shirt comes in many color choices and shows a red and white group of different RVs circling the Q in friendship. See our Better In The Desert Q shirts too! If you love Quartzsite as much as we do, you should BUY NOW! See RV Quartzsite Apparel.
We have two announcements for you today!
– At this time, the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, & RV Show is still scheduled to be held Jan 16th thru the 24th, 2021. Of course, there is still a lot of time between now and then so it may be cancelled or modified at any time due to Covid. No one can say for sure what will happen in January and please be aware of the limited hospital facilities in that area. The show producers are working on changes to make the show safer for everyone and we will let you know as the show date nears. For more info see https://rv-pro.com/news/quartzsite-show-promoters-keep-wary-eye-on-covid
– A major upgrade is required for our website server so before we start updating information on the site, we will be taking it down for maintenance. We cannot provide an exact time it is going offline or when it will be back. There will likely be some glitches for a short time after it comes back as we upgrade the various software used to provide this site. We will let you know when it is back and then begin the process of updating show times as they become available.
This week ice skating opens up for the season at the London Bridge Resort. While I may be too old for shoveling snow up North these days, I do still miss skating on the local pond every winter. But in the desert?! Thank you London Bridge Resort!
Sunday will be a good day to remember a local legend, Paul Winer aka The Naked Guy. He was a wonderfully talented musician and fun to spring on newbies to Quartzsite. We miss him. If you miss the memorial be sure to drop by the memorial park named after his daughter, Celia’s Rainbow Garden, and think of him.
Ice Skating at the London Bridge
November 23, 2019 – January 6, 2020 London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City
Paul Winer Memorial
November 24, 2019 Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) 1:00pm – 4:00pm