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Winter Blast Hangout (SOLD OUT/Waiting List)

February 15, 2022 - February 21, 2022

SARA Park Rodeo Grounds • Lake Havasu City, AZ • February 15-21, 2022

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Witness one of the world's best fireworks extravaganzas

Western Winter Blast, held each President’s Day Weekend, is the premier pyrotechnics event of the winter. Fireworks manufacturers, show producers and pyrotechnic hobbyists come to Winter Blast from around the globe for daytime conferences. Then at night, the sky over Lake Havasu City lights up with fireworks shows and demonstrations. Our six-day Winter Blast Hangout will let you and your fellow Escapees experience this pyrotechnic extravaganza, along with several outdoor activities in the Lake Havasu City area.

On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, you’ll be treated to some of the best fireworks shows on the planet. Thursday and Friday nights feature pyrotechnics demonstrations by both amateur and professional Western Pyrotechnics Association members, showcasing everything from a long, formally choreographed show to newly-designed and experimental pyrotechnics. You can watch all four nights’ shows from the grandstands at the Rodeo Grounds or, if you prefer, right from our group camping area.

Lake Havasu City also offers plenty of daytime fun on land and water. Your Hangout registration includes a 90-minute narrated tour of Lake Havasu aboard the Starship 2010, a custom-built, 47-foot long, enclosed and climate-controlled three-engine jetboat. The cruise travels south from the London Bridge to Steamboat Cove, a good place to spot desert bighorn sheep. Along the way, you’ll see Copper Canyon, Balanced Rock Bay, and other famous historic lighthouses.

Other days during the Hangout will feature a 5-mile (round trip) hike through a nearby slot canyon, a pyrotechnics talk by a representative from the Western Pyrotechnics Association, a scavenger hunt or poker run to explore the town of Lake Havasu City, rig tours, a bicycle ride, and our traditional “GTHO” breakfast on departure morning.

In addition to the incredible fireworks shows, the evenings will include live music concerts on Friday and Saturday nights before the shows. And on Saturday night, you’ll enjoy an included cowboy-style barbecue dinner with your choice of tri-tip beef or BBQ chicken plus beans, salad and garlic bread.

Hangout location

Camping for the Winter Blast Hangout will be at the SARA Park Rodeo Grounds. This is the same site where the Xscapers hold their Annual Bash each January. Several hundred other RVs will also be camping at the Rodeo Grounds in connection with Winter Blast. Our sites will be grouped together.
 
All sites at the Rodeo Grounds are DRY CAMPING ONLY. There is a water fill and dump station on-site, as well as restrooms. A “honey wagon” service for wastewater pump-outs will also be available on Friday through Monday for an additional fee. Generator usage will be permitted except during nighttime hours.
 
This Hangout is limited to only 30 RVs and tickets will go quickly—so don’t wait to register

Is this event right for me?

Every member is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Winter Blast Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • enjoy hiking and walking
  • are comfortable with and equipped for dry camping
  • can participate in activities during weekdays (traditional working/business hours)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

A note for dog owners

The organizers of Winter Blast strongly discourage campers from bringing dogs to the event because of the continuous loud noises associated with the nearby fireworks displays. In fact, Dylan’s Dog Park inside SARA Park is named after a dog that dropped dead during the fireworks in a prior year. For this reason, you may wish to consider boarding your dog during the Winter Blast Hangout.

If you do choose to bring your dog, the Rodeo Grounds has the following rules:

  • Dogs must never be left unattended
  • Dogs must always be on a leash when outside your RV
  • Dogs may not be brought to the grandstands or food court area (but elsewhere on the Rodeo Grounds is OK)
  • No dog waste may be left anywhere other than in a trash receptacle.

The Rodeo Grounds management has advised us that they may ask campers to leave, without a refund, if a barking dog is left unattended in an RV. 

COVID-19 precautions

Because the safety of our members and staff is our number one priority, proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend this event.

Escapees recommends that members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending any club event. (“Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have passed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson or Astra-Zeneca vaccines). Participants who are not fully vaccinated must obtain a COVID-19 test not more than 72 hours (three days) before entering this event.

    • At event check-in, you will be asked to present either a valid CDC vaccination card showing that you are fully vaccinated OR the written results of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the past 72 hours.
    • If you don’t have a test, have lost your vaccination card, or are outside of the 72-hour window, locations of the nearest testing facilities will be provided to you. You will be required to self-isolate until a negative test can be provided.
    • Participants who test positive are not allowed to remain on site, and will receive a full refund of their registration fee.
Situations in which you may not attend this event

You may not attend this event if any of the following are true for you or anyone in your party, unless you have met CDC criteria for discontinuing self-isolation:

    • Within 14 days before attending the event you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive, for COVID-19, or
    • Within 48 hours before attending the event, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), whether or not you are vaccinated, unless you have obtained a negative COVID-19 test since the onset of your symptoms and within 72 hours before entering this event.
FAQs about the vaccine/testing requirement

While PCR tests are preferred because they are the most accurate, antigen tests (also referred to as rapid tests) will be accepted.

Yes, children who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative COVID-19 test result to attend.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can get tested at any facility that offers COVID-19 testing. The websites of most state or county public health departments can help you find testing locations. Many retail pharmacies also offer testing. Your event hosts will have a list of testing locations in the area of the event.

If you test positive for COVID-19 before the event, you are unfortunately no longer eligible to attend. To receive a full refund of your registration fee, email a copy of your positive test result to us at hangouts@escapees.com.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the event, you may not remain on-site at the event. 

If you’ve had COVID-19 within 14 days before attending the event (meaning you are still within the 14-day isolation window), you are unfortunately not eligible to attend. To receive a full refund of your registration fee, email a dated copy of your positive test result to us at hangouts@escapees.com.

If you’ve lost your CDC vaccine card, you will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arriving at the event.

Masks recommended indoors

In accordance with current guidance from the CDC, Escapees strongly recommends that all attendees, vaccinated or not, wear a mask when participating in activities or socializing with other participants indoors. Attendees are also expected to comply with all masking requirements issued by any governmental entity or private business.

Other precautions

The COVID-19 health and safety precautions that will be in effect during the Hangout will depend on the state of the pandemic, local and state health regulations, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other medical professionals at the time. These precautions may include measures such as requiring wearing of masks in certain situations, requiring social distancing, avoiding indoor group activities, limiting carpooling, and/or limiting activities that include sharing of food. In addition to the above, you may be required to agree in writing that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event. 

Please also be aware that the availability and content of some planned activities may change depending on local and state health regulations and the business’ own COVID-19 mitigation policies.

Schedule

Activities and schedule are subject to change. Activities marked with an *asterisk are not included in your Hangout fee.

Tuesday 2/15

Arrive at SARA Park Rodeo Grounds

Evening welcome campfire & introductions

Wednesday 2/16

Scavenger hunt or poker run

WPA pyrotechnics talk

Dinner out at area restaurant*

Thursday 2/17

Crack in the Wall Trail hike

Lot crawl (rig tours)

Happy hour

Fireworks show

Friday 2/18

Blue Water Jetboat tour of Lake Havasu

Live music by Dual Fusion

Dinner food vendors available*

Fireworks show

Saturday 2/19

Potluck brunch

Hike

Live music by Crosscutt

Cowboy barbecue dinner

Fireworks show

Sunday 2/20

Sea Scouts pancake breakfast*

Bike ride

Live music by Whiskey River Band

Dinner food vendors available*

Fireworks show

Monday 2/21

GTHO breakfast

Departure

Registration includes:

  • 6 nights RV camping (dry camping only)
  • 4 nights of fireworks shows
  • Musical entertainment
  • Jetboat tour of Lake Havasu
  • Cowboy barbecue dinner
  • Hiking & biking
  • Social activities
  • GTHO departure day breakfast
  • Hangout hosts

Additional costs to consider: meals out

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

Hangout price

You must be an Escapees RV Club member to attend this event. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to add a new membership during the registration process.

By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: 

  • As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the Hangout, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents.
  • Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others.
  • As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. 
  • By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Hangouts; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time. 
  • If COVID-19 protocols are still required at the time of the Hangout, you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules. If requested, you will sign a written agreement releasing Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event.

How to register

There are two ways to register and pay: by phone or online.

  • To register online (highly recommended), click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen.
  • To register by phone, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬‬.

Registration opens Wednesday, August 18, 2021
at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time.

We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list below. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.
We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

After you register, please join the Hangout group on Facebook (a link to this group will be in your confirmation email). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Cancellations

If you cancel on or before Friday, January 14, 2022, you will receive a refund of your Hangout registration fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. 

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after January 14, 2022.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration! (Note: please don’t join the waiting list unless and until the Hangout sells out. Entries received before that time will be ignored.)

Details

Start:
February 15, 2022
End:
February 21, 2022
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Website:
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Venue

Lake Havasu Rodeo Grounds at SARA Park
Dub Campbell Pkwy
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 United States
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Website:
https://havasurodeo.com/fireworks

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Notification - For latest club information affecting members and RVers, please click here.

Escapees Lobby Hours Escapees lobby will be open 8:am-5:pm Monday-Friday beginning 10/4; however, Mail Service sign-ups are by appointment only at 936-327-8873. Masks are required. If you need assistance with your Escapees RV Club membership, please call us at 936-327-8873 or email us at clubbusiness@escapees.com.

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