Quartzsite 2011 RV show dates announced

Dates for the 2011 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show in Quartzsite, Arizona, have been pushed back to January 22-30, according to a news release.

“The 2011 show looks like it will be another big one with exhibit space selling briskly,” the release stated. For exhibitor information, photos, maps, directions, and much more, visit www.quartzsitervshow.com or call (714) 377-7940.

Heading to the Big Tent at the Quartzsite RV Show. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This tiny desert hamlet bursts at the seams each January when tens of thousands of RVs converge on Quartzsite for the huge rock and mineral shows, swap meets, and flea markets that take place there each winter.

There is no charge for admission or parking at this spectacular event that is now billed as “The Largest Consumer Attended RV Show in the U.S.”

Attendance for the 2010 show was estimated at well over 100,000 with over 400 exhibits inside and around the 80,000-square-foot, fully carpeted structure that included the “who’s who” of the RV industry.

Toy hauler on display at the Quartzsite RV Show. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“If you’re looking for anything related to RVs, you’ll find it at the RV show in Quartzsite,” says Kenny King, show promoter. There will be several hundred new and used RVs on display in 2011 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate installation, repairs and service on many of the items that will be exhibited at the show.

In 2010 there were numerous tourism related exhibits from the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Europe as well as representatives from dozens of the nation’s finest RV resorts and campgrounds. In addition, there were many “workamper” recruiters from national parks and private campgrounds in attendance.

King concluded, “The number and diversity of exhibitors that you’ll find at the Quartzsite RV Show will not be found at any other show of this type in the United States. Period!”

2011 Quartzsite Show Dates

Walking the displays at The Main Event. If you can't find it at Quartzsite, then you don't need it. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

February 5-6: 13th Annual Quartzsite Rock and Roll Classic Car Show

January 1- February 28: Desert Gardens -Gem & Mineral

January 7-January 16: Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show

January 8-23: Main Event

January 21-30: Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama

January 22-30: Sports, Vacation & RV Show

February 2 -6: Hobby Craft & Gem Show

February 4-13: Tyson Wells Arts & Craft Fair

February 5-6: Rock & Roll Car Show

February 26: Chili Cook-Off & State Salsa Championship

What is Quartzsite?

Hi Jolly Cemetery near The Main Event. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10.

In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite to protect his water supply. Fort Tyson soon became a stopover on the Ehrenburg-to-Prescott stagecoach route. It had become known as Tyson’s Wells by the time the stage stopped running and the town was abandoned.

Quartzsite has been a rockhounders’ paradise since the 1960s.

Boondocking on BLM land near Quartzsite. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Today, it is also attracts over a million visitors each winter who converge on this small town of 1900 people in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February when 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and everything else imaginable create one of the world’s largest open air flea markets.

Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year.

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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