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Independence Weekend Event @ Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Want to get in the holiday mood for Independence Day early this year? Then you’ll want to bring the whole family to Mesa Market Place Swap Meet on Saturday, July 1, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. It will be a great way for a family to do something fun together.

The event is free. Face painters and balloon artists will create masterpieces for every member of the family. Moms and dads are invited to treat themselves to have a flag or a fantasy creature painted onto their faces, too.

There will also be drawings for $25 Mesa Market Place Swap Meet Market Money every half hour. A total of twelve lucky people will win.   

Color and drawing tables will be set up. Adults and youngsters are invited to write notes and color pictures to go into ‘Packages From Home’ care packages, destined to go to soldiers serving overseas. Everyone writing a note or coloring a picture will get a free ice cream. (

Also, between the hours of 7am and 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, get their Market Breakfast, two eggs, toast, and hash browns for only cost $1.75 with Independence Day coupon posted at

Country entertainer, Cord Price will be singing in the Food Court from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. He covers the old standards sung by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. He’ll also perform contemporary country music.

Mesa Market Place is open Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is at 10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209, at exit 193 Signal Butte Rd. and Hwy 60. For more info, call: 480-380-5572 or go to their website The market is fully handicapped accessible. Parking, admission, and entertainment are always free.

2017 Annual Charity Car Show @ Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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If you like car shows and you love what the Arizona Humane Society does to ease the lives of dogs, cats and other domestic animals, then you’ll want to head over to the 2017 Charity Car Show Saturday, September 2 at the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Arizona Humane Society Waggin’ Wheels Adoption Van will also be at the car show, full of puppies and dogs looking for a good home. Adoptions will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

More than 100 vintage, classic, and modified cars, trucks, and motorcycles are expected to be on display in the hopes that car enthusiasts and animal lovers will stuff dollar bills into money bins set in front of each vehicle.

“Exhibitors are even encouraged to solicit votes (money) before the car show begins,” says Shirley Blahak, event organizer. “The goals of the car show are straight forward: to get together with other car aficionados, to have a good time, and to raise as much money as possible for the Arizona Humane Society.” It’s all in good fun because 100% of the money the vehicles raise will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society.

Each entrant will go home with a 2017 Charity Car Show dash plaque. The top five money makers will each be awarded an engraved remembrance.

 The show, an annual event, is sponsored by Arizona Mini Owners, a cheerful group of newer and vintage Mini Cooper owners.

Expected at the event are a large number of Mini Coopers and a number of PT Cruisers. Several vintage Triumphs and Austin Healeys will also be there, as will an authentic London taxi. Ford, Chevrolet, and Chrysler lovers will be happy to see vintage, classic and modified cars and trucks on exhibit, too.

And there will be a real treat for military collectors at the show, too. Dr. Baron Smith is bringing in his Vietnam era helicopter (1970), a Series III OH-6A Hardbelly and a ‘Deucy’ M35 triple-axle 2 ½ ton cargo truck.

In past years, some of the shows entries have been unusual. Children caught up with the idea of raising money for charity have even entered their Tonka trucks and midget race cars. Other unusual entries have included bicycles and motorcycle trikes.

So if you have a vehicle you’d like to enter, big or little, no matter how many tires, you can get more information at There is a $10. charge to exhibit.

Attendees will also enjoy being entertained by Kevin James, emcee and platter spinner. He delivers music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

The event is free (except for donations made to the Arizona Humane Society). Parking and admission is always free at the Mesa Market Place.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mesa Market Place is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signal Butte & Hwy 60. 10550 E. Baseline Rd.  Mesa.  480.380.5572.  100% Handicap accessible.