It all started with an innocent comment from John Hendrix, at the QIA, about having an "event" at the end of the season to try to help the community have people stay longer. When we realized so many visitors to the Quartzsite area are either Grand Parents or Great Grand Parents it occurred to us we should do a tribute to them and try to establish the World's Largest Gathering of these wonderful visitors to our Quartzsite area every season. Well, John - it definitely worked!!!!
From that idea, an entire weekend of fantastic events took place - A Kickoff Concert by Rex Allen Jr., a Marathon Bingo Day with 2 full sessions on Friday, 2 day Craft Fair, 40+ people doing their Desert Jam on Thursday night, Saturday featured a fabulous rock auction, a free Paul Winer Concert Saturday afternoon, a 50's Dance that featured On The Road Again, and on Sunday morning Beyond The Ashes performed.
The Largest Human Letter Q was achieved at the QIA in Quartzsite, AZ
at an event that became known as 'The Grand Gathering' of March 6th through March 9, 2014.
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT!
Special thanks to all our Vendors that came out and tried to brave that very strong W-I-N-D on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! At least the wind calmed down on Sunday for the finale!!! And, of course, a very special thanks to our Caterers - we all sure love to eat! They didn't know what to do on those lousy WINDY DAYS but they stayed with us and put out some wonderful food and beverages! I named them - "We just cater Food"!
A fabulous Rock Auction was held on Saturday. The Auction was conducted by Richard McBride and he did a wonderful job! Not only was it a fun event, he helped raise lots of money to go back to the community! The "High Bidder" was for the Beautiful "Grand Canyon South Rim" scene from our own Mark Goldberg!
YOU DID IT QUARTZSITE
Guinness World Record (Official Record)
OVER 630 people gathered March 9th, 2014 at 2 pm to attempt a world record gathering of the 'Largest Human Letter Q'
Sunday was the final registration process for Badges, wrist bands and everything that had to be done to be sure we would qualify for our record attempt. Everything had to be officially recorded for this incredible event.
Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) - 235 E. Ironwood St ~ PO Box 881 ~ Quartzsite, AZ 85346
Regular Email (Non-Powwow) : Info@QIAArizona.org Tel: 928-927-6325