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The Texan

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Posted: 12/29/13 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just received this from a friend who lived there for over a decade, but sold and moved further north this past year. I guess the politics of the town really got nasty this year and vendor fees, plus the taxes went through the roof.

"We were in Q-Town for a Christmas party about 2 weeks ago. The free BLM campsites are virtually empty, the Main Event only had about 5 vendors there, and the RV parks along Main street all had an abundance of empty spaces. I think the town is toast! When we first moved there, vendors came before Thanksgiving and stayed almost until May"....


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Posted: 12/29/13 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too early for much to be happening, give it a couple of weeks.
I'll be there in about 3 weeks and I'm sure it will be busy by then.
The city council is doing it's best to kill the event. Nothing like killing the golden goose. I think the old girl still has a few good years left in her.

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Posted: 12/29/13 03:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Q is all set up for the events, but it's not the only little town in the middle of no where that would love to have the RV crowds. They better think about that.

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Highway 4x4 wrote:

Q is all set up for the events, but it's not the only little town in the middle of no where that would love to have the RV crowds. They better think about that.
It appears Yuma is chipping away at the vendors, as over 50 have moved their operation to the Yuma area this winter. I know Yuma has a lot of BLM and state dry camping areas, so that is not a problem. Going to be interesting to see how long Q town can survive.

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Posted: 12/29/13 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does BLM and the hugh solar power generator base have anything to do with it? Never been there but heard that is starting up almost on the same grounds...


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Actually, the vendors could dwindle down to only 20% of normal and we wouldn't miss a thing. Theres always 10 times too many tool peddlers, 10 times too many pill peddlers, 10 times too many jewelry peddlers...get my drift? There is only so many items you can sell at a flee market.


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Here is a reply I got from another friend today, when we all got to talking about what is happening there. They are still there and observing what is happening. There are several websites that tell all and NONE are giving any positive reports of what is happening in Q town.

"the city council wants to charge a tax for "per chair" in restaurants here???? They're killing the vendors here. Corruption in police dept is unbelievable....Chief forced to retire, 9 out of 12 officers were put on leave for being whistleblowers and have started a suit against Q....they say over 100 vendors have gone off to Yuma rather than pay the huge fees here."

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The Texan wrote:

Just received this from a friend who lived there for over a decade, but sold and moved further north this past year. I guess the politics of the town really got nasty this year and vendor fees, plus the taxes went through the roof.

"We were in Q-Town for a Christmas party about 2 weeks ago. The free BLM campsites are virtually empty, the Main Event only had about 5 vendors there, and the RV parks along Main street all had an abundance of empty spaces. I think the town is toast! When we first moved there, vendors came before Thanksgiving and stayed almost until May"....
The man who ran the main event back when it was on the top was moving it to Gail Bend, but died in the middle of working it out with the City of Glia Bend.


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I think it is much bigger than just Q. We were in Palm Springs at the TT campground for 2 weeks. Normally anytime from T-day through late march there are only a few empty spots anywhere in the campground. This year huge holes through out, we didn't have anyone closer than 2 spots away in any direction for 5 days and then only got somebody behind us for the last few days.

Rangers said they had never seen it before either and some had been there 5 or more seasons. Nobody is sure why, figure gas prices may not be cheap but better than some of the prices we have seen the last 1/2 dozen years.

See the RV dealers still selling coaches every week of every description, new to used, big to little and every class and model of trailer.


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I'm IN the TT campground at Palm Springs right now and the place is filling up at a record pace. Yes, before Christmas it was slow, but the park says that January is completely booked and on into February.
We will spend three weeks in Quartzsite during the Big Show (Takes us only two days to do that )

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