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March events sprout, cruise & soar
YUMA, ARIZONA - With citrus blossoms perfuming the air of warm days and cool nights, March is the perfect time for a road trip to Yuma, certified by Guinness World Records as the sunniest place on earth.
The month kicks off March 1 & 2 with YVB's own award-winning Yuma Lettuce Days, featuring two-time Top Chef contestant Chris "CJ" Jacobson, now executive chef at Girasol restaurant in Studio City, Calif. A full schedule and more info is available online at www.yumalettucedays.com.
But that's just the appetizer, because rolling right behind is Midnight at the Oasis (March 7-9), one of the largest classic car shows in the Southwest. Presented by the Caballeros de Yuma, this is the 23nd year that motorheads from throughout the region have gathered here to enjoy sunny spring weather.
The weekend kicks off with an old-fashioned "cruise in" with hundreds of cars wending through town to the green and grassy grounds of the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex. A triple-feature Friday night concert features Yuma's own Downtime, followed by tribute bands Guns 4 Roses and LIGHTS, who rock it Journey-style.
At the Saturday show and shine (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), visitors can admire nearly 1,000 vintage (1972 & older) automobiles and enjoy lots of fun festival food, kiddy rides and a Pinewood Derby.
The gates reopen at 6 p.m. for another triple-header tribute concert, with Missing Links (The Monkees), Surfin' Safari (The Beach Boys) and Winter Dance Party (Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Richie Valens).
The event wraps up on Sunday with a final show and shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- and the announcement of the lucky winner of a raffle drawing for a classic 1972 Chevelle SS muscle car.
The good old days never got any better than this! For the full schedule and more info, cruise on over to www.midnightattheoasis.net.
Next, take to the skies as the 52st annual Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Air Show lifts off March 15 with Chuck Aaron and his Red Bull Helicopter, the F-35 Lightning and many more exciting military and civilian aerial performers.
This year's show also features the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, along with an array of static displays on the ground for a close-up look. For details about the planes and units that will be on hand, a detailed schedule and logistical information, wing over to www.yumaairshow.com
This show is free to all as a token of the Marine Corps' appreciation of the year-round welcome they receive in Yuma. But for the first time this year, premium parking and reserved seating tickets are also available for nominal fees, and may be purchased by phone at 877-772-5425.
Also new this year will be a special "Twilight Show" Friday, March 14. This nighttime show will feature music by Tommy and the Drifters and the 3MAW Band, plus high-energy aerial acts provided by Roger Buis, Bob Carlton, Dan Buchanon, and Bill Barrack.
The Twilight Show is also free, but to get on base you must have a vehicle pass (active-duty military and dependents can show ID at gate). Twilight show passes (one per vehicle, not per person) are first-come, first-served, and are available now at Sonora Nissan, 3160 S Pacific Ave.(928-726-0525), and soon at Yuma Palace, 350 E 32nd St. (928-726-6669) and Pita Pit, 1525 Yuma Palms Parkway (928.783.571). Enter at the North Gate beginning at 5 p.m., with music at 6:30 p.m., aerial acts and pyrotechnics at 7:30 p.m.
Planning ahead for April: No fooling - Yuma celebrates the 100th anniversary of its charter under the laws of the new state of Arizona this April. There's whole week of festivities planned, topping off with a day-long Centennial Music Fest April 12 featuring Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Lonestar and more. Find out how to join the party - and get your music fest tickets - online at www.yuma100.com.
Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on Midnight at the Oasis, contact the Caballeros de Yuma, 928-343-1715
For info on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Air Show, contact 928-269-2275
For info on Yuma's Centennial celebration, contact 928-373-5020
Visitor Information Center: 800-293-0071 <> visityuma.com
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