Desert Messenger

March 15, 2023

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 Painting Donation 3 Community Health Expo 3 Food Bank Donation 4 FREE Smoke Alarms 4 Tax Relief 4 Community Survey 5 La Paz County Spelling Bee 6 Editorial 6 Town Texting 7 Letter to the Editor 7 Art Show 8 The Salvation Army Update 8 Food Bank Updates 9 QES Students of the Month 9 SHOW DATES 2023-24 9 Pioneer Walk 10 Gardening with Dennis 11 AARP Tax Aid 15 Museum Updates 16 ADOT Future plan 16 Snakes Are Out! 17 HCB/Arizona Financial 17 Poi Spinning for Seniors 18 Around Town 19 Recall Alert 19 JAMS & Band Schedules 20 GFWC Salome 20 AA Meetings 21 WACOG Programs 22 Classifi eds 22 Paul Winer's Cartoon 23 PHOTOS • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 March 15, 2023 VOL. 19 # 356 Alwa y s FREE! SEE BUCK CONNORS PAGE 16 N�� �� ��� 1 9 t h YEAR! Quartzsite, AZ - QUARTZSITE, AZ The fourth an- nual Buck Connors Western Days will be held Friday and Saturday, March 17th & 18th, 2023 at Quartzsite Town Park. The free event is family fun adventure, featuring live music, crafts, vendors, food court and a beer garden.We are entering into our Fourth Annual Buck Connors West- ern Days, to be presented by the Town of Quartzsite and many community "Pardners," on March 17 & 18, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m. at Quartzsite Town Park. The event was initiated to create a family-friendly, community-wide event to entertain local residents; and, to generate tourism from California and Arizona while sharing the story of our famous resident, Buck Connors. Each year, the event has grown in populari- ty, to well over 4,000 attendees who come out to enjoy great live entertainment, food, and two days of family fun. There is no charge for admission or parking. Two days of live Country-Western entertainment are the focus of the event. The live entertainment this season starts off with a new feature on both days: "Local Entertainer Showcase." There are en- tertainers from all over the United States, who come to Quartzsite to enjoy the mild winter season and participate in the myriad of musical jams and ven- ues throughout the region. The Friday show opens with sets by: Alex "Muddy" Smith; Dan Weaver; and, The "Whiskey Chicks," Bonnie & Sherry. The Saturday show opens with sets by: Jerry, "Cab Mon- key," Nelson; Steve Hohstadt; and, John Gibson with "Cookie" Thurston. The headline entertainer on Friday is Rocky Watson from Mackay, Idaho. The popular, Jade Street Band closes out the Friday entertainment. The Headline entertainer on Saturday is JOSH SCOTT. Josh spent his early years in Quartzsite, and later moved to Lake Havasu City. Josh, now 43, is married with two children. His focus is writing music which refl ect his life. His song, "The Bottle," was named the song of the year by the I Heart Radio Jack Daniels Battle of the Bar Bands Contest. Josh has opened shows for Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt. Josh gives back to his community by do- ing benefi ts for area kids. Closing entertainer on Saturday, is local favorite, Dan Lesperance, guitar virtuoso, with an upbeat vocal style. Concert Sound Solutions, a professional, major event sound company will be doing the sound set- up and sound mixing for the entire event to provide full-enjoyment of the entertainers and clarity of an- nouncements. The event has a large focus on families. Special fea- tures include: a bungee jump, a "Buckaroo Game Corner" by Dr. Buck Productions of former Buck Connors events featuring: Tom B. Stone performing Western Days this weekend at Town Park

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