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Yuma kicks off 2011 with full calendar

January events range from Old West gunfights to marathon


YUMA, ARIZONA – Post-holiday blues are not on the calendar here in the nation's sunniest city – but January's lineup of events does offer something for everyone, from pet lovers to military buffs to a fast marathon that's a great qualifier for the big time. So hang up the 2011 calendar – and start marking these dates!

First up is Yuma Visitors Bureau's Petsapalooza Festival on Main Street Jan. 7-9, with a pet talent show, "blessing of the animals," pet-related vendors and activities to benefit Humane Society of Yuma and Planned Pethood. Vendors, sponsors and pet contestants still welcome - more info, call Teri Ingram at 928-376-0071.

Sit and stay for Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at the Historic Yuma Theatre Jan. 7. This Las Vegas entertainer and his rescued shelter animals captivate audiences of all ages. Two shows: bargain matinee at 2 p.m. (adults $10, kids $5) or expanded show at 7 p.m. ($21 for all, reserved seats). For tickets, call 373-5202 or visit

The lead will fly Jan. 8-9 at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park during the annual Gathering of the Gunfighters sponsored by Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which draws re-enactment groups from around the region. To whet your whistle, check out this awesome ad: More info,, 928-783-4771.

For western relics of a different kind, stop in at the Yuma Civic Center Jan. 7-9 for the annual Antique Show & Sale. For more info, call 928-373-5043.

YVB's Field to Feast agriculture tours begin Jan. 20 (other dates: Feb. 1 & 3, Feb. 15 & 17, March 1 & 3, March 15 & 17). These trips include picking produce for your gourmet lunch, a food safety lesson and a narrated coach ride through the fields. Tickets ($30) at the Visitor Information Center, 783-0071.

If you'd rather sauté than stoop, "Cooking with Sabor" culinary classes at Main Street Café in Somerton also begin in January and will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays through March. Cost is $15 per person, more info at 627-9222.

For those more interested in whittling than vegetable carving, check out the 6th Annual Woodcarvers Expo Jan. 15-16 at the Yuma Readiness & Community Center. Watch the experts work and bring home a hand-crafted work of art. More info from Yuma Parks & Recreation, 928-373-5245.

Back by popular demand, the Shanghai Circus brings breathtaking stunts to the Historic Yuma Theatre Jan. 20. Get tickets now at 928-373-5202 or

Yuma's neighbors across the border – Mexicali, Los Algodones and San Felipe – host a fiesta Jan. 23 at the Yuma Civic Center. This free expo includes entertainment, door prizes and tourism and travel package information. More info, call the Civic Center at 928-373-5043 or visit

Celebrate the military's past, present and future contributions to the community at YVB's first annual Spirit of Yuma Festival in the historic North End Jan. 21-23. This free event will feature static displays, a Harrier fly-over, search & rescue demos and more. Sponsors & vendors welcome, call AJ Mosqueda at 928-783-0071 for details.

Military history from another era will be showcased during Civil War Days at Yuma Quartermaster Depot Jan. 29-30. Sponsored by the Heritage Area, this event features authentic re-enactors in mock skirmishes with real cannons. More info, or 928-373-5198.

If all that doesn't leave you breathless, you're ready for the Yuma Marathon & Half-Marathon at Cocopah Casino & Resort Jan. 29. This race – known for its fast, flat, certified course – is sponsored by Caballeros de Yuma, get info at or 928-343-1715.

Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. The nonprofit is funded in part by City of Yuma hospitality tax revenues. Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $577 million in 2009 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs. Travel spending in the county also generated more than $36 million in state and local taxes.



Media contact: Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),
Visitor Information Center: 1-800-293-0071

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Yuma history - narrative

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Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

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