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Rev up spring with a road trip

Yuma Visitors Bureau rounds up fun March events

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.

Kicking off the month's signature events isMidnight at the Oasis (March 1-3), one of the largest classic car shows in the Southwest. Presented by the Caballeros de Yuma, this is the 22nd year that motorheads from throughout the region have gathered here.

The weekend kicks off with an old-fashioned "cruise in" with hundreds of cars wending through Yuma to the green and grassy grounds of the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex. A triple-feature Friday night concert features Yuma's own '80s band, Checker'd Past, followed by Led Zepplica, a Led Zepplin tribute band, and wrapping up with The Atomic Punks, who rock it Van Halen-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 for a double-header concert, with Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute group performing at 7 p.m. and The Stars of Beatlemania at 9 p.m.  The event wraps up on Sunday with a show and Shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- and the announcement of the lucky winner of the raffle drawing for a cherry '57 Chevy.

The good old days never got any better than this!  For the full schedule and more info, go to .

Look to the skies March 9, as the 51st annualMarine Corps Air Station Yuma Air Show takes off with a tribute to Korean and Vietnam War veterans.

This year's show features "The Commandant's Own" U. S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, along with an array of military and civilian aircraft and performers aloft, plus lots more 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 parking information, click on the photo or go to

This show is free to all as a token of the Marine Corps' appreciation of the year-round welcome they receive In Yuma.

Also sprouting March 9 & 10 is YVB's own award-winning spring event, Yuma Lettuce Days, featuring Chef Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, Calif.  Call us for a more detailed release.  More events info available on our website,

Yuma Visitors Bureau contact:
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),

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

Visitor Information Center: 1-800-293-0071 <>


The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.

Visit Yuma team can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.

YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.

For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:

Around & about - a quick Yuma overview

Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride

Last link in river restoration under way


Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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