Outdoor Expo's second chance, fire engines commissioning highlight things to do in Gilbert March 7-11

Gilbert Parks and Recreation, Gilbert Outdoor Expo
Gilbert Parks and Recreation puts on the Gilbert Outdoor Expo each year. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Gilbert Parks and Recreation puts on the Gilbert Outdoor Expo each year. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Last year when rain washed out the Gilbert Outdoor Expo, the town decided not to reschedule. This year, when the rains came, the town thought better of it. Here is what is ahead on a warm and sunny weekend in Gilbert.

March 7

Gilbert Outdoor Expo

After weather washed out this event last month, the Gilbert Outdoor Expo returns. Town organizers expect more than 4,000 people for the annual event. Outdoor activities include fishing, camping, hunting, hiking and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Riparian Preserve, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. 480-503-6200. www.gilbertaz.gov

March 7

Fire Engine Commissioning

The Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department commissions its two newest engines—Engine 258 and Engine 2540. The public is invited to help retire the old engines by pushing them out of the station, wash the new engines, take a station tour and meet the local firefighters. 9 a.m. Free. Gilbert Fire Station No. 8, 1095 E. Germann Road, Gilbert. 480-503-6300. www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue

March 11

‘Urban Cowboy’ 40th anniversary tour concert

Veteran country music singers Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee bring back some of their chart-topping songs and remember the 1980 hit movie “Urban Cowboy.” Between the two, they have charted with 38 singles and had 20 of them reach No. 1. 7 p.m. $49.50-$75. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. 480-279-7194. http://higleycenter.org
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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