We’ve been counting it down since we first bought our Airstream 9 months ago
– our first International event, the 3rd Annual Alumapalooza!
When you think of Airstream you might think it starts and stops with the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI), but that would be a mistake! There are many other Airstream promoters out there, and Airstream Life magazine sponsors this silver celebration at the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Oh – just 52 miles from our house!
We were scheduled to help our NOVA club work parking detail, and rushed to set the Silvermine in place in the generator lot, and head down to report for welcome duty. Lou, Larry, and Terry were hard at work directing the steady line of Airstreams to parking positions in the 3 amp lot or the generator lot.
Parking was in high gear all afternoon, and many times when the gator was busy, Tom would hop on a bike to lead new arrivals to a site.
The greeters kept greeting, and those silver rows kept growing.
By Friday there were 177 Airstreams settled in for the weekend events, parking detail was mostly over, and it was our turn to walk around and view the assemblage of Airstreams. Here are some of my favorites:
Every afternoon happy hour kicked off in the main tent, followed by a roving happy hour where different Airstreams displayed a green flag inviting people to travel around and mix and mingle. Our NOVA, the newest WBCCI unit, hosted a well-attended event, passing out drinks, treats, and some NOVA promotional items. Picking up 6 new members and renewing another member is an indication that our NOVA group is filling an important need in the WBCCI market!
A new event for this year was the back-up derby where a driver and assistant navigated a U-Haul trailer through cones and into a parking space, competing for the best time. Some teams showed real backing talent, and some displayed the need for practice!
Our Silver Family team of Al and Shinim Cutcher proved they know how to buck a rivet with the best of them, finishing in a tie for 2nd place in the riveting contest. Aside from being a practical Airstream skill, it has allowed Shinim and Al to fancy up the inside of their Airstream with some extra silver additions.
Combine everything trailer trash with comedy and music -- and you have Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours! With such songs as:
"Living in Aluminum"
"Trailer Park Princess"
"Trailer Park in Heaven"
"It Ain't Home Till you Take the Wheels Off"
Antsy had the audience in stitches for over an hour at the Saturday night get-together. I've still got those songs twangin' through my head, and the only cure is to go online and order a CD!
With all that silver camped in one field, you might think it would be hard to find the right trailer at the end of the day. Not so! Lou Woodruff, has created custom designed and stitched signs to display on the outside of the Airstream to help lead you home at night! Thanks Lou!
That doesn't even begin to do justice to Alumapalooza 3! Being a part of the parking staff was a great opportunity to enjoy the event by feeling that we were a special part of helping to make it all happen. Next year can not come soon enough!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown