Spring into Yuma
Perfect weather favors great, varied events in March
YUMA, ARIZONA - With citrus blossoms perfuming the air of warm days and cool nights, March is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy a visit to Yuma, certified by Guinness World Records as the sunniest place on earth.
Kicking off the month's signature events is Midnight at the Oasis (March 2-4), the Southwest's premier classic car show. Visitors can admire nearly 1,000 vintage (1972 & older) automobiles spread out across the green grass of the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex, take in an old-fashioned cruise through the streets of Yuma and rock out to old favorites like Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Grass Roots. More info, go to www.midnightattheoasis.net
At Yuma Lettuce Days (March 10 & 11), get a taste of the bounty produced in this fertile river delta - and all the delicious dishes that can be created from local products. The headline attraction at this "agri-culinary" celebration are live cooking demonstrations by Brian Malarkey of San Diego's Searsucker and Burlap restaurants and "Top Chef 3 Miami" competition, along with an all-star lineup of local talent. Also on tap, a New Belgium beer garden, lots of Kids' AG-tivities, cooking contests, a farmers' market, fancy vegetable and ice carving, plus a tasting event with an array of specialties from local restaurants, along with wine and beer. More info, go to www.yumalettucedays.com
Look to the skies March 17, as Marine Corps Air Station Yuma celebrates the centennial of naval aviation with a mighty roar at its annual MCAS Yuma Air Show. The headline attraction at this year's show is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, an elite air demonstration squadron, along with other aerial performances and static displays. This show is free to all as a token of the Marine Corps' appreciation of the welcome they receive here. More info, go to www.yumaairshow.com
Don't forget that though Arizona's official "birthday" has passed, our bold Centennial offer still stands: guests at participating Yuma hotels eat free every day the sun doesn't shine - through July 31 of this year! Get more info & download a visitors guide at visityuma.com
Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),
Visitor Information Center: 1-800-293-0071
Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $566 million in 2010, supported nearly 5,800 jobs and generated $36.3 million in state and local tax revenues.
A longtime favorite with sun-seeking snowbirds, Yuma's population nearly doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community also offers nearly 4,000 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities, and three casinos. For more details about Yuma's year-round attractions, special events - and the rarely "cloudy with a chance of tacos" forecast* - visit www.visityuma.com or call 800-293-0071.
* Yuma hotel guests will eat free every day the sun doesn't shine from Aug. 1, 2011 until July 31, 2012! For more information on our Centennial "free board" promotion, call us.