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Yuma kicks off 2016 with full calendar


Yuma kicks off '16 with full calendar
From gunfights to marathon, January is eventful

YUMA, ARIZONA - Post-holiday blues are not on the calendar in the nation's sunniest city - but January's lineup of events does offer something for everyone, from those who want to learn how their food gets from field to fork, to a fast marathon that's a great qualifier for the big-time races in Boston and New York. So grab your new 2016 calendar - and start marking these dates!

History buffs won't want to miss the annual Gathering of the Gunfighters Jan. 9 & 10 at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Sponsored by Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, this competition between re-enactment groups from around the region features shootin' and shoutin' along with authentic period costumes and gear and lots of [virtual] flying lead.More info, 928-783-4771 or

History from another era will be showcased during Civil War Days at Yuma Quartermaster Depot Jan. 30-31. Also sponsored by the Heritage Area, this event features authentic re-enactors in mock skirmishes with real cannons. More info, 928-373-5198,

For shopping and browsing, the Yuma Civic Center hosts its annual Desert Lily Quilters Show Jan. 15-16, the Mexicali Expo Jan. 17, the Yuma Home & Garden Show Jan. 22-24, and the Americana Indian Art & Jewelry Show January 29-31. More info, call 928-373-5043. Also, check out the 11th Annual Woodcarvers Expo Jan. 15-16 at the Yuma Readiness & Community Center and bring home a wooden work of art. More info, 928-373-5245.

Also on tap for January, German Fest on Madison offers bier, musik und gut essen on Jan. 23, info at 928-329-4777, while bicyclists vie in the North End Classic criterium race over downtown streets on Jan. 16, 928-920-8482.

Make a date to enjoy a full day of family-friendly date fun with food, entertainment, recipe contests, displays of specialized machinery, tours and more at the Yuma Medjool Date Festival, Jan. 30 in Historic Downtown, more info at 928-373-5028.

Entertainment offerings at the Historic Yuma Theatre in January range from country to rock 'n' roll to amazing Chinese acrobats -- full schedule and tickets at or 928-373-5202 -- with lots of other choices at venues around town.

You can even "Dine With the Dead" at a unique fundraiser that includes a tour of the pioneer cemetery led by the departed pioneers as portrayed by members of the Colorado River Riders re-enactment group, 928-247-3924.

If all that doesn't leave you breathless, you're ready for the Yuma Marathon & Half-Marathon at Cocopah Casino & Resort Jan. 30. This marathon is known for its friendly, small-town feel and for fast times on a flat, low-altitude course. But it's chip-timed and certified, too, so you just may find that the fastest route to qualifying for big-time races like Boston and New York is a sunny detour to the border. Both races are sponsored by Caballeros de Yuma, get info or register to run at or 928-343-1715.

Meanwhile, YVB’s popular Field to Feast agriculture tours also return in the New Year, with trips scheduled Jan. 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 27, 28; and Feb. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 23, 24. On these tours, participants start by picking veggies from fields grown by the University of Arizona, then enjoy a narrated look at Yuma agriculture with a local grower while Arizona Western College culinary students prepare lunch from the harvest. The inclusive price is $50 per person, includes field-fresh lunch, produce to take home and transportation.

Last but not least, reserve a seat on a Savor Yuma progressive dinner tour Jan. 5 & 19; Feb. 9 & 16; March 3 & 22; or April 7. This culinary quest provides a taste of Yuma with three courses served in three distinctive venues. Cost is $55 per person including dinner, two adult beverages and transportation.

Info and tickets on both tours are available at YVB's Visitor Information Center, 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071, or purchase online at

And that's just the beginning -- for detailed listings, go to or sign up for a free weekly email update. Sound like fun? Like the new year, the fun under the Yuma sun is just beginning - plan a visit now at


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Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

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