The middle of January is a busy time for the folks of Quartzsite, Arizona. This is where the weeklong annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Extravaganza takes place. This giant celebration, mostly attended by RV enthusiasts, was inaugurated on January 28, 1984, and was originally called the Quartzsite RV Show. There were only 60 exhibitors and one small tent. Because of the extreme interest in the event by so many attendees, it became obvious that it wasn’t going to work to keep having it at the corner of Central and Main, and it was moved the next year to the Quartzsite Trailer Park, which worked out well (for awhile), as the new location was right across from one of the town’s main attractions, the Quartzsite Pow Wow.
In 1997 the show had grown exponentially, and had to be moved once more to its current home, which is a half-mile south of I-10 on Arizona State Hwy 95. The facility is comprised of 20 acres, 15 acres of which are dedicated just for parking. There is an indoor area that measures 70,000 square feet, where the attendees will find booths with all kinds of RV goodies, food galore and live entertainment every day of the show. There are over 300 fully equipped spaces for RV parking, each complete with water, sewer and electricity. The best news is that parking there is absolutely free, as long as you make your reservations in advance. In addition, there are more accommodations outside the venue, in dozens of locations.
Over the last three decades, the show has morphed into something much more than just a small get-together amongst a handful of RVers. It is currently the biggest motorhome show in the world, drawing between 750,000 – 1,000,000 visitors each year. It’s an enormous social event with all sorts of activities for RV lovers around the world.
In addition to all of the goods and RV products for sale, there are two main events in conjunction with this RV extravaganza that are always a standout for the crowds; the Craft Show and the Rock and Roll Classic Car Show. There is also the Rock and Gem Show, which always draws record crowds.
Quartzsite is in southwestern Arizona near the California border. It’s west of Phoenix, and south of Lake Havasu. It’s right in the heart of some of our country’s best RVing spots, and the winter is perfect during the first part of the year for big shows like this.
In 2016, the show will go from January 16th through the 24th. It’s the perfect getaway for the family, and for the chance to meet other enthusiasts who have something in common with you and the rest of America—the RV lifestyle! If you’d like to participate in the upcoming show, go to the website, QuartzsiteRVShow.com, where you will find more information, along with the forms to reserve your spot. Also, if you are interested in being a vendor or craftsperson, they would love to have you as a participant!
If you don’t have an RV to take to the show, don’t fret! Renting one of our top-of-the-line class C RVs is an easy process, whether you’re experienced or not! And remember, the earlier you make your reservations, the better off you are.
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