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First Annual Chili Cookoff February 28th, 2004 Hosted by the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce Sponsored by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI)

Cook-off to be held at Rice Ranch on Kuehn Blvd. For more information contact: Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce at 928-927-9321 101 W. Main St, P.O. Box 2566, Quartzsite, AZ 85346

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The McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 11th annual Great Arizona Outback Chili Cookoff on Feb 21, 2004 at the Indian Hills Airpark facility in Salome. Get your taste buds ready! The Chili contest is a fun, non-sanctioned event with a party atmosphere and cash prizes up to $250. There is also a Salsa Competition. The Booth Decorating Contest provides lots of ooh’s and aah’s, and many local charities sell food and host games and activities. Poker runs are a popular feature of this multi-faceted event. The Off-road Poker

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trails are well lit and concrete for easy walking, although at one point they have a 60 stair drop into a lower area which takes one’s breath away for a minute. Since the new ownership of the caverns around 2 years ago, there are new tours on offer: off-trail tours that allow the hearty to explore the lower depths of the caves and the flashlight tour (all lights off) for the brave, who take the walk just with flashlights... similar to the early tourists in the 20s who used just a lantern. The new management team of Coni and Buck Voyles have improved many features of the 800acre property. They have placed new TVs, VCRs and satellite TV service in the well-maintained 48-room motel, added new direct dial phones in each room, opened a morning guest lounge area and arranged entertainment in the bar on many nights. A new gas station with gas and diesel has been put into operation for 24/7 service. Rodeos have been a popular comeback to the Caverns complex with over a dozen roping contests and rodeos in the last year. There is a well-maintained airstrip on the property, a 5200-foot runway for small planes. All the information a pilot needs can be found by pressing in locator L37 on any navigation site. The radio is monitored during daylight hours. The RV park is now being refurbished with new picnic tables, sites and hook-ups. The Caverns have been an Arizona landmark for over 75 years on Route 66 milepost 115 (12 miles East of Peach Springs, 22 miles west of Seligman). After 20 million years... come visit and see the changes that have taken place. “Come for the Caverns, Stay for the Rest.” Look on the Internet at GCCaverns.com for more photos, maps and information or phone 928-4223223.

Run is held on a challenging course, but can be negotiated by a stock 4-wheel drive vehicle. In addition, there will be a Horse Poker Ride and an Air Poker Run. Other activities include a quilt show, a wild west show, an auction and demonstrations by the local young marines. Pilots compete in Aerial Water Balloon Bombing and other contests. There is also a display of Classic cars for your enjoyment. For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at 928-859-3846.

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and the Towns of Arizona’s Outback Located in western Arizona, McMullen Valley runs along Route 60 and joins with I-10. It is a point of interest for many travelers, offering fine RV camping and many small towns, each with an abundance of stories to tell. Established in 1904 by Dick Wick Hall, Ernest Hall, and Charles W. Pratt, Salome is part of the valley. Its present location came as a result of their speculations as to where the new railroad should lay its tracks. The railroad missed the town by a mile, forcing the community to relocate. Dick Wick Hall, famed Arizona humorist, was featured in the 1920’s Saturday Evening Post, sharing many of his tales. He named the town after an incident when Mrs. Pratt - Salome attempted to walk on the hot desert sand in her bare feet and proceeded to “dance” to her destination. There and then “Salome - where she danced - Arizona” was born. Together, the smaller towns surrounding Salome form the McMullen Valley. Brenda is located on Hwy 60 between Quartzsite and Hope. The original couple to homestead the town named it after their first daughter. Brenda is a mecca for winter RV’ers. Two miles west of Salome, Harcuvar was a station on the Parker branch of Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The name is Mohave for “sweet water,” or coobar, “there is very little.”

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It’s not new, in fact, it’s over 25 millions years old! But the Grand Canyon Caverns have seen some changes in the last 75 years. Found by Mr. Peck in the early 1920s, these huge underground caverns have a lot to say for themselves. First they have been dry for several million years. This makes them rare... most caverns are wet - only 3% of the world’s caverns are dry. This means a couple of things. One is that the Grand Canyon Caverns have no life in them. Because there is no moisture in the air or the caverns. nothing can live down there for longer than a few days. Great for those who do not like creepy crawly things! Another cool thing about the caverns are that they are cool, very cool. Pretty much 56 degrees 24/7 - 365 days a year. Located at an elevation of 5,600 feet, 60 miles East of Kingman, the Caverns are accessed via a 21-story elevator that takes you straight down. The doors open up to huge caverns, large enough to place football fields in them with the ceiling height up to 90 feet in places! The

Settled in 1890 by Victor Satterdahl, Vicksburg was originally named Satterdahlburg. Formerly an area with numerous gold mines, Vicksburg is now a quaint, desert town. “Gateway to Alamo Lake,” Wenden has one of Arizona’s best bass lakes. Originally named Wendendale, the town was founded as a supply depot for area mines. Hope was established in the 1930s after the main highway changed its route from Vicksburg to bypass the short-lived Johannesberg. Vicksburg merchants relocated and named the new town to reflect their wishes for renewed business. Scenic attractions and designated wilderness areas are plentiful in the McMullen Valley. The Harquahala Mountains, Hummingbird Springs, the Big Horn Mountains, and Eagletail Mountains are a few of the area’s pristine sights. Golf is another favorite pastime. There are two distinctly different golf courses for your enjoyment: the Greasewood Desert Golf Course and the Salome Heights Public Golf Course. You can reach the McMullen Valley by leaving I-10 at Exit 81 and taking the Salome Rd. to Route 60, the old Los Angeles to Phoenix road that cuts through the scenic heart of the Valley. For more information on the area’s wonders, call the McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce at 928-859-3846 or click www.azoutback.com.

More Colorado River Region Events FEB 13-15 LAKE HAVASU 22nd Annual Home Show High School on S. Palo Verde - Find everything for your home! Bigger than last year! Colorado River Building Industry Assoc. Free! Fri 4p7:30p, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-3p. 928-453-7755

FEB 28 YUMA Yuma Crossing Day Historic Downtown/state parks - Re-enactments, gunfights, Buffalo Soldiers, train rides, tours, dancers, exhibitions, Southwestern music. 10a4p. 928-783-2423

FEB 21-22 BULLHEAD CITY Quilts on the River Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, 1251 Hwy 95 - All kinds of quilts, raffle, vendors, boutique, door prizes, quilters' garage sale, $5, Sa 9-5, Su 9-4. No strollers please. 928-7689308

MAR 4-6 PARKER Blue Grass Festival La Paz County Park - Featuring some of the country's best talent including the US Navy Blue Grass Band, great vendors and an RV Show. 8a-8p daily. Call for prices: 928-6692174

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