Pasadena Lapidary Society member Sue Pang shared some pics she’d taken during her visit in January to the annual QIA PowWow in Quartzsite, AZ. Members who didn’t make it out there this year were certainly there in spirit, as we’re not just lapidarists; we’re ROCKHOUNDS. For those who don’t know, the QIA PowWow is a rockhound’s mega candy store.
Members of Pasadena Lapidary Society, along with most serious rockhounds, wait anxiously all year to make the 3-1/2 hour trek to Quartzsite, AZ in January. Some stay right into February, camping nearby in order to go rockhounding at their leisure, and others check in to the few motels in town or travel the 22 miles back/forth to Blythe, CA for lodging.
One of the biggest draws in Quartzsite is the QIA POWWOW, always held the third week in January. This year the POWWOW runs from January 20-24. If you’ve never been, the POWWOW is like a huge swap meet focused on gems, minerals, rocks and everything related. Admission is free and so is parking. Here’s a weblink to check it out: http://www.qiaarizona.org/.
There are other rock shows being held throughout both months, two of the most popular ones being Desert Gardens https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Event/Desert-Gardens-Rock-Gem-and-Mineral-Show-667193560050537/ from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, and Tyson Wells https://www.tysonwells.com/. Here’s the calendar of events from the City of Quartzsite website: http://www.quartzsitecalendar.com/
Self-professed as “The Rock Capital of the World”, Quartzsite is a town in La Paz County of +/- 2,000 inhabitants that swells to a couple of million in January and February each year. Situated 125 miles west of Phoenix at the junction of Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 95, it enjoys a close association with the Colorado River, just 18 miles to the west.
From Tyson Wells:
Home of the largest show of its kind.
Takes days to see it all.
A Buyer’s and Sellers market of the world.
Smooth, fine graveled. Dust controlled, packed surface for selling, parking, and camping in the beautiful desert setting of Arizona’s La Posa Valley.
Live on your show spaces.
Easy access in and out of show.
396 selling spaces.
JANUARY 4TH-13TH, 2019
SHOW HOURS 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. EACH DAY
A 25-Acre Outdoor Spectacular
An unbelievable variety displayed on 2.2 miles of aisle frontage
From Desert Gardens RV Park:
So, do you like rocks?
Do you like shiny things? Natural crystals, raw stones, polished stones, rock jewelry, big rocks, little rocks? Blue rocks, red rocks, sparkly rocks, see through rocks?
Quartzsite is known as a snowbird mecca and RV capitol of the world but it is also known for its rock and mineral shows in January, the Desert Garden Rock, Gem and Mineral show is the one to experience
Often the pieces you’re looking at and purchasing are mined by the guy your buying it from or a close friend/associate. For people who simply ‘like’ rocks, this is a fantastic place to visit. Anything you can think of can be found here and the stories and conversations with people will be worth the chat.
Show Dates: Jan 1 – Feb 28, 2017
Hours: Daily 8-5.
After February 10th, Vendors are transitional.
Admission: Free and open to the public.
No. of Vendors: 147