Attractions

Blythe is an agricultural community with tourism as a major factor in its economy. Located on the California - Arizona border, right on the Colorado River, Blythe has a population of approximately 22,000 within the city limits, with a large trade area in the valley of about 37,000. During the winter months, with the influx of “winter visitors”, the trade area more than triples. Blythe plays an important part in the Quartzsite shows, which take place in January and February with its 1100 motel rooms usually filled to capacity. The area around Quartzsite grows from a summer population of 2,600 to over 250,000 during the winter months.

Blythe House

The Science Museum galleries are stuffed with over 15,000 objects, however more than 170,000 more of our objects are hidden away in Blythe House. Many of these have never been on public display.

The massive labyrinth of storerooms at Blythe House is home to everything from beautifully crafted telescopes and early examples of operating tables to Stone Age tools and freeze-dried genetically modified animals.

The basement and the majority of rooms on the ground floor are occupied by objects from the collections of the Wellcome Trust, which are artefacts of the history of medicine. The ground floor also houses part of our pictorial collections and then the remaining four floors hold the rest of the objects, arranged by collection.

There are over 90 rooms in total dedicated to holding our objects, from the very small to the very large.

Also at Blythe House is a conservation laboratory, where our conservators work across a range of objects to preserve their condition. We also have a photographic studio, where objects are photographed for our records and publications. There's also a quarantine area (where incoming objects are checked before being transferred to the main rooms) and a research room.

History

Blythe House was originally built to be the headquarters of the Post Office Savings Bank. This Government-owned bank was set up to provide a way of generating public investment and providing a way for the ordinary person to save some money.

The large, multi-floored building was at one point home to 7,000 clerks, who worked in gender-seperated areas to process savings transactions. The Blythe House address is famous from having been printed inside millions of saving account passbooks, some of which are still occassionally sent to us (we do, of course, forward them on to right people). For the past few decades, the Science Museum, British Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum have shared the use of the building as a place to store reserve collections of small and medium sized objects.

With the buildings blacked out to help preserve the objects, the building is now a dark and brooding space filled floor to ceiling with thousands of weird and wonderful things that most people will never see.

Blythe Bluegrass Festival

The Annual Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival has been part of the excitement of the Palo Verde Valley for the last 20+ years. It all started with volunteer organizers, and today that tradition still exists.

The Colorado River Boys were the original "host" band (pictured below, without one of the original members). Today, festival organizers and artists continue to reap the enjoyment and excitement that started over 20 years ago.

Each year, thousands flock to the Palo Verde Valley Fairgrounds to enjoy the festivities---not to mention the beautiful weather.

Past festivals have included artists such as:

RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE
DAILEY AND VINCENT
ALECIA NUGENT CAROLINA ROAD COPPER RIVER BAND HURRICANE CREEK CHRIS STUART AND BACKCOUNTRY
THE LARRY STEPHENSON BAND
MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND THE FLAMEKEEPER BAND
NEW FOUND ROAD
SILVERADO
IIIrd GENERATION BLUEGRASS BAND THE U.S. NAVY BAND, COUNTRY CURRENT

Buy Tickets

The Bluegrass Festival Early Period for the January 2013 Festival is anticipated to go-live sometime in the Summer of 2012.

Please contact the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce at 760-922-8166 for information regarding the festival.

Note: When you reserve tickets, please note that we do not send physical tickets. Your PayPal receipt serves as your ticket purchase confirmation. Bring it with you to the gate, and entry will be provided.

Refund Policy:

Sorry, No Refunds for this event. Please contact the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Every year our patrons enjoy the many attractions that the Festival Provides. Attractions at the festival are sure to entertain and delight tens of thousands of fans.

Camping

You can bring RV and stay at the Fairgrounds or nearby RV Resorts, or stay at one of Blythe's 1000+ motel rooms. More than 13,500 folks attended the 3-day event last year, with many folks arriving the Monday before the weekend for jam sessions around the campgrounds every night throughout the week.!

Be sure to make your reservations in advance and reserve your campsites on this website beginning July 1

Bluegrass Quilt Show

2009 will mark the 10th year of the Blythe Bluegrass Quilt Show. This year the show will be held all day Saturday.

Booths and Vendors

Every year an array of vendors hold shop at the festival. Be sure to stop by the various booths for some excellent merchandise and don't forget to try out all the great food options that are available.

Bluegrass Band Showcase

We pay you to play. Contact us at 760-922-8166 for more information.

Beautiful Blythe, California

Enjoy the wonderful Winter weather of Blythe while listening to some of the best Bluegrass music out there

2012 Artist Lineup

MICHAEL CLEVELAND & FLAMEKEEPER
The Bluegrass Brethren
Audie Blaylock & Redline
The Special Consensus
The Spinney Brothers
IIIrd Generation Bluegrass
John Reischman & The Jaybirds
Highway 65
Pine Mountain Railroad
The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
Lonesome Otis
Just 4 Fun

About the Festival

Blythe's Bluegrass event is typically the first major Bluegrass Festival of the season and one of the biggest Bluegrass events in the U.S.A.

Photo courtesy of Bluegrass Artist Wayne Taylor

We have hosted some of the finest acts in Bluegrass including Ralph Stanley II, Alicia Nugent, and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.

Our most recent January 2011 Festival featured an eclectic mix of performers: Ralph Stanley II, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, Dave Peterson & 1946, IIIrd Generation Bluegrass, The Blue Canyon Boys, Wayne Taylor and Allaloosa, Silverado, Thomas Porter and Copper River Bandm Monroe Crossing, Virtual Strangers, Plow, The Kid Fiddlers, and Grasslands.

Get ready for two huge stages, jam-packed with musicians, all day long for 3 full days. BlueGrassers also enjoy the contests, quilt show, food, and merchandise booths.

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RV's Are Welcome!
Contact the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce for further information.
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Beautiful Sunset in Blythe (Jan 2011)
Photo courtesy of Bluegrass Artist Wayne Taylor

We are a proud member of the following
Bluegrass Music Associations:

- California Bluegrass Association
- Arizona Pickers & Grinners
- AZ Bluegrass Association
- AZ Old Time Fiddlers Association
- Bluegrass Unlimited
- Colorado Bluegrass Ass'n
- I.B.M.A
- International Bluegrass Association
- Northern Nevada Bluegrass Ass'n
- Oregon Bluegrass Ass'n
- San Diego N. Country Bluegrass
- San Diego Bluegrass Society
- Southwest Bluegrass Association
- Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society

We want to hear your suggestions and comments:

Contact The Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce blythebluegrass@yahoo.com
760-922-8166

Festival Location:
591 North Olive Lake Blvd
Blythe, CA

* Ticket Purchases are Non-Refundable.

Colorado River Fair

It's " A Country A-Fair " at the Colorado River Fair, coming to town March 29th thru April 1st, 2012. We invite you to enter your arts, crafts, home arts and photography as well as floriculture and agriculture exhibits. E-mail us for an Exhibitors Handbook and entry form. We will mail as soon as they come off the press. Vendors are welcome to e-mail us for information and regulations at crfb@frontier.com.

Get ready for fun and excitement with Paul Maurer Shows carnival rides , entertainment for all ages, Lucas Oil Stock Car Racing. The barn will be filled with 4-H and FFA livestock projects. The livestock auction will be on Saturday. Lots of entertainment will be on hand and our hypnotist will be back by popular demand.

Categories of Competition

SENIOR DIVISION

Senior Agriculture

Agriculture
Floriculture

Senior Home Arts

Baked Goods
Preserved Foods
Salsa Contest
Table Settings
Clothing & Textiles
Collectibles
Arts & Crafts

Senior Fine Arts

Art Department
Photography

JUNIOR DIVISION

Junior Agriculture

Junior Agriculture
Junior Floriculture

Junior Home Arts

Junior Baked Goods
Junior Preserved Foods
Junior Table Settings
Junior Clothing & Textiles
Junior Arts & Crafts

Junior Fine Arts

Junior Painting & Other Mediums Junior Photography
Junior Education
Junior Special Fine Arts
Junior Baked Goods
Junior Preserved Foods
Junior Table Settings
Junior Clothing & Textile
Junior Arts & Crafts

4-H & FFA

About 4-H & FFA
General Statement
4H & FFA Forward
Danish System of Judging
Prior Champions
Junior Livestock Rules
Junior Livestock Auction
Market & Showmanship Uniforms
Horse Division
Rabbit Division
Beef Market Division
Swine Market Division
Sheep Market Division
Poultry Division
Wildlife Displays
Showmanship
Jr. Champion Showman
4-H & FFA Written Projects
4-H Photography
4-H/FFA Arts & Crafts
4-H/FFA Clothing
4-H/FFA Cooking
4-H/FFA Miscellaneous Projects

Rental Information

The fairgrounds offer a wide variety of excellent facilities available for use throughout the entire year. Our facilities include an outdoor theater, a large indoor facility for formal and informal gatherings, a large covered livestock building, and a large grassy lawn area for outdoor gatherings. Whatever your needs, the fairgrounds is the place for hosting great events!

We take great pride in our facility and look forward to working with you on your event.

The Bommer Theater

Here are some of the quality features that the Bommer Theater has to offer:

 

7,500 square feet for seating, dancing or exhibits

 

Stage (lighting and electric available)

 

Clean restroom facility

 

Small, charming park adjacent to the theater

 

Walkway lighting

 

Wifi

 

The Jaycee Community Building

Here are some of the quality features that the Jaycee Community Building has to offer:

 

7,000 square feet for your reception, convention or trade show

 

Full service kitchen and restrooms

 

2,000 square foot meeting room

 

Tables and chairs included

 

Wifi

 

The Midway Lot

Here are some of the quality features that the Midway Lot has to offer:

 

Approximately five acres

 

Can accommodate 300+ RV's

 

Electrical Hook-ups available

 

Access to water

 

Clean restrooms with HOT showers

 

Concession stand

 

Wifi

 

The Shropshire Barn

Here are some of the quality features that the Shropshire Barn has to offer:

 

80' x 160'

 

Electric and water available

 

Shade panels available for walls

 

Wifi

 

Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway

Here are some of the quality features that the Race Track has to offer:

 

1/4 mile paved track (3/8 mile on infield stretch)

 

Pit area

 

Grandstand seating for up to 2,000

 

Concession stand and beer garden

 

Announcement booth

 

Wifi

Directions

From Los Angeles
Take I-10 to Intake Blvd Exit & turn left (Head North on Intake). Go approximately 1 1/4 miles to Riverside drive and turn right (Head East on Riverside). Go 1 mile to Olive Lake Blvd. and turn left (Head North on Olive Lake Blvd.) Go 1/8 mile to the main entrance of the fairgrounds.

From Phoenix
Take I-10 to Intake Blvd Exit & turn right (Head North on Intake). Go approximately 1 1/4 miles to Riverside drive and turn right (Head East on Riverside). Go 1 mile to Olive Lake Blvd. and turn left (Head North on Olive Lake Blvd.) Go 1/8 mile to the main entrance of the fairgrounds.

I-10 Speedway

591 N Olive Lake Blvd
Blythe
(760) 922-0333

The Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway presented the latest round of their 2011-2012 Winter Blast Racing Series, April 28, with a full race schedule on the quarter mile oval located in Blythe-California.Sponsored by Valley Beverage-Budweiser, the evening featured action from the speedway's street and factory stock divisions along with a special guest appearance by the Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by 1800 Loan Mart. Also pegging the excitement meter on this night was the speedway's annual demolition derby.

However, it was Blythe driver Chris Vindhurst who had the excellent evening at the Speedway. Campaigning his #87 Chevrolet Camaro in the street stock division, he led 29 of the 30 laps in the division's A Main to score his latest win at his home track which earned him $500. This race began with a yellow caution flag on the very first lap when drivers Dylan Schriner and Kirk Almquist made contact with each other. On the ensuing restart, Vindhurst jumped into the lead and the only time he looked back from that point was for an occasional competition check in his rear view mirror. Rick Boone, Matt Rice, Dylan Schriner and John Martinez completed the top five.

Adding to Vindhurst's fun night in Blythe was the fact that he also set the fast time in qualifying, 15.643 seconds, and also won the division's trophy dash. He left the speedway that night as the division's new points leader and, with only one race left in the season, appears to be primed to win a championship.

In fan favorite factory stock action, Tom Nordell led all 20 laps and collected another feature win. John Van Dyke followed the leader under the checkers to take second while Roger Gilstrap, John Lorenz and Ethan Miller completed the top five. In the division's preliminary events Dustin Hightower won the trophy dash while Gilstrap won the heat race.

The Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway's fans turned out in droves to see the intensity of the Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart. The race, the General Tire 75, was a full 75 laps of green flag racing. The series does not count yellow caution laps. This race delievered the level of excitement that fans have come to expect from this open wheel racing series.

Lake Havasu City-Arizona's Chris Gerchman, no stranger to Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway wins and track titles, passed Tim Morse on lap 17 for what turned out to be the race winning move. That winning move led to an $1,100 pay day. Gerchman had to fend off a furious, late in the race, challenge from series points leader Austin Barnes who finished second. Las Vegas drivers Doug Hamm and Aaron McMorrin followed the race leaders under the checkers to take third and fourth while reigning series champion Jim Mardis completed the top five. In the preliminary events Barnes set the Budweiser Fast Time in qualifying with a hot lap of 14.326 seconds. Tim Morse won the division's six lap Dart Machinery trophy dash.

The Valley Beverage-Budweiser demolition derby literally had the fans on their feet who roared their approval with each and every hard hit during the last man rolling contest. Following a massive succession of hits, that eventually eliminated the competitors, Hemet-California's Sam McDonald emerged as the lone survivor and drove home $1,000 richer.

The Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway will treat its fans to the latest round of the 2011-2012 "Winter Blast" Racing Series this Saturday night, April 28th. This racing evening is being sponsored by Valley Beverage-Budweiser. Providing the on track action will be the speedway's street stock and factory stock divisions along with a special guest appearance by the high flying Lucas Oil Modifieds who will be presenting a 75 lap main event. The evening also includes the speedway's annual, $1,000 to win, demolition derby. The quarter mile paved oval is located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe-California. The green flag will fall on the racing beginning at 7 pm.

The speedway's street stock division will be making their seventh appearance of the season and, with only two races left on the schedule, the track championship could not get any closer. That's because the two drivers at the top of the division rankings are tied at 330 points each.

Former series champion Danny Dill has a very consistent finish record so far this season that includes a feature win and six top five finishes. On the other side of this two way tie is local driver Chris Vindhurst, a two time feature winner with five top fives. Also still in this points picture is D J Lonie who has a trio of top five and top ten finishes that has placed him third in the standings and just 18 points from the top.

The fan favorite, racing is rubbing, factory stocks also features a too close to call battle for the division championship with only two races left. Ethan Miller, with a feature win and four top five finishes this season, leads those standings going into Saturday night's racing. However, he only has a single one point lead over Tom Nordell who caught fire during the month of March by posting two consecutive feature wins. Also of interest here, is the race for third in the factory stock standings. Drivers Dustin Hightower, Robert Spivey and Michael White are only separated by three points in that battle.

One of the major highlights this Saturday night will be a special guest appearance from the Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart. A full field of 22 high powered modified race cars, featuring some of the finest open wheel driving talent from the western states, are expected to take the green flag for the running of the General Tire 75. This race is a full 75 laps of green flag racing, the series does not count yellow flags. Escondido-California's Austin Barnes currently leads the series' points standings, after winning the season opener last month, and holds an eight point lead over Lake Havasu City-Arizona's Chris Gerchman.

Also on the schedule Saturday night is the speedway's annual smash and dash for cash better known as a demolition derby. This fan favorite show features a $1,000 grand prize to the last driver whose car is still rolling.

The Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway's racing weekend will actually begin on Friday night with a test and tune session, from 6 to 9 pm, for all of the scheduled racing divisions. This practice session is free to spectators.

On Saturday Valley Beverage-Budweiser race day, the spectator gates will open at 5 pm. Prior to the racing, the speedway will host its traditional autograph and photo session which allows the fans to come onto the speedway to meet the drivers and get an up close and personal look at their cars.

Saturday tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors, age 55 plus, as well as military personnel and the handicapped. Teen tickets, age 13 to 17, are $5 while kids tickets, ages six to 12, are priced at $3. Kids five and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Palo Verde High School students can receive a one dollar discount on their tickets by presenting their ASB cards. The speedway also offers a family package for $20 which admits two adults and two kids 17 and under.

Track information

The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway is located in Blythe, CA, where the I-10 Freeway and the Colorado River cross one another. Blythe is approximately 225 miles east of Los Angeles, CA, 160 miles west of Phoenix, AZ, 205 miles south of Las Vegas, and 105 miles north of Yuma, AZ. The I-10 Speedway is located on the Colorado River Fairgrounds. Driver Registration - Membership Application
MAIL IN YOUR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NOW
TO LOCK IN YOUR CAR NUMBER
Drivers can register to race at the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, California by clicking on the PDF version of the Membership Application , which can be printed.

Please mail or fax completed Membership Applications and payment to:

Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
302 N. Sheridan Street
Corona, CA 92880

FAX: (951) 270-1902

If you have any questions about the registration process or about other driver-related matters, please call (800) 342-2512 or (951) 270-0154 and ask for Greg.

Tickets

General Admission

Adult $10.00 Seniors
(55 & Better) $8.00 Military Personnel $8.00 Handicap $8.00 Teens
(ages 13-17) $5.00 Kids
(ages 6-12) $3.00 Kids
(ages 5 & under) FREE Family Pack
2 Adult, 2 Kids(17 & under) $20.00 Palo Verde High School Students $1.00 off with ASB card

Quartzside AZ festival

Quartzsite, in western Arizona, just 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10, Quartzsite has been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960s. These days, it is also a mecca to well over a million visitors each year, most of whom converge on this small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February.

At this time of the year, 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and everything else imaginable create one of the world's largest open air flea markets in Quartzsite . Eight major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year.

History

In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite to protect his water supply from attacks by Native Americans. Fort Tyson soon became a stopover on the Ehrenburg-to-Prescott stagecoach route. It had become known as Tyson's Wells by the time the stage stopped running and the town was abandoned.

A small mining boom revitalized the town as Quartzsite in 1897 and it remained thus until 1965, when the Pow Wow Rock, Gem & Mineral Show began the rockhound winter migration to Quartzsite each year. These days, the population can swell to almost a million during January and February as rockhounders, jewelers and vendors, mostly in thousands of RVs, attend the eight major gem and mineral shows.


 

 

 

 

 

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