Monday, January 16, 2017

Getting ready for Quartzsite Big Tent Show

We will begin our biggest show of the year starting Saturday. It will be our 14th year to work the Big Tent. My how time flies! It is a huge circus tent full of vendors selling everything from soup to insurance (me). For those of you that have never "experienced" Quartzsite in January, I highly recommend that every RVer go there at least once. I have told people for will either love it or hate it! There is no other place like it. The little, desert town of 3643, balloons to several hundred thousand during January! There are many smaller shows mainly focusing on rocks, gems and minerals. But you will find ALL things RV too, from T-shirts to sewer caps! Oh, and you can buy a new or used RV of any type, kind, size or budget. Windshield broken? Need solar panels? You name it, it is there. Plus it is fun to park in an RV park or boondock out in the desert for free or almost free. Sitting around the campfire, visiting the shows and flea markets, potlucks and rallies are all there for the taking. You will get to know other friendly RVers and enjoy the nice, winter weather and daily dose of sunshine!

For us it is work, work work but we also squeeze in a little fun! We will arrive early on Wednesday and set up our motorhome on the show grounds after standing in a LONG line to check in.. We will then go see our friends Carol and Jerry Dale who winter in Q and we will all head over to the annual Escapees Happy Hour out in the desert. There will be music, food and lots of RVers giving hugs all around! A great place to see your friends and make new ones. And lots of fun! From there we will go to Silly Al's for pizza and beer.

Thursday we will be heading into the tent to get our booth all set up. Of course my work on these days and the following 11 days does not stop, so I will still be helping customers via phone and email. Email is best because unfortunately I must make phone calls at night. Just impossible in the tent! I usually work until midnight or later every day of the show. Crazy!

We usually are able to take a couple of hours on an evening or 2 to see our friends for a quick visit or meal out. They don't call Q "The Gathering Place" for no reason! The Show starts on Saturday, Jan. 21st and goes through Sunday the 29th. But there is plenty to do before and after those dates too.
Hope to see you there!

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