Dear First Timers,

Jan and I would like to thank you for registering for the 60th International Rally in Escanaba, Michigan. Everyone who attends the International Rally was once a first timer just like you. This year we are excited to have over 100 families attending their first International Rally. The first timer tips document should answer most of the questions you might have before you start your journey to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We have also put together a seminar at the beginning of the rally just to answer any questions you may have and to ensure you have a great time!

Parking 600 rigs at the Fairgrounds is going to be challenging, but we have a plan that will work and all we ask is for your patience, remember we are all volunteers. Take your time setting up; this will be your home for the rest of the rally. The bag you receive from the welcoming committee (first stop when you arrive) will contain an information pack to get you through your first days on the grounds. Later, when you go through the rally registration, you will receive your rally program, your rally ribbon, which is your pass to all the events, a first timer’s ribbon because you are very special to us and a gift that we have selected to memorialize your visit to Escanaba.

See you in Escanaba,
Richard and Jan

Information on the First Timer Seminar:


First Timer Tips:
FAQ Rally Questions: FAQ Rally Questions

Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI

Can I park with my buddy?
The parking team will make every effort to park you with your friends if you arrive together. Please plan to meet offsite and caravan to the grounds together.

How often are they going to pump-out?
The plan is to pump on a 4 day schedule.

Do I have to help or be there for my pump-out?
No, but if your valves are inside a compartment, leave that open on pump day to speed up the process. Also, have a clear path for the sanitation crew to get to your service access point. If the sanitation team cannot access your valves or access point, you will not be pumped that day.

Is there a pump-out station where I can do it myself, so it's more frequent?
Moving your rig during the rally is not advised and may not be possible. Transporting your waste in a tote to the dump station is the recommended procedure.

Are there bathrooms/shower houses near solar?
There are numerous bathroom/shower facilities on the fairground.

When will the rally agenda be ready for viewing?
The rally agenda is changing constantly. We will be releasing a list of confirmed events shortly.

For members parking offsite, will my vehicle that I drive to and from the rally be able to park fairly close to the rally activities?
The current plan is to use the bull pen for offsite parking during the rally. It is located a few hundred feet from the main building. There will also be a tram running during events to move people from this area to the main buildings.

How can I volunteer for a committee?
Julie at the club’s HQ should be contacted to volunteer. We will then get you in contact with a committee that has asked for assistance.

Will handicap parking help me get into the water, electric and pump-out camping area?
No, there are a limited number of electric sites available and these sites are currently reserved. Any member with documented special needs that have an electric site will be parked in the Handicapped section of the fairgrounds.

Will being an International, Region or Unit Officer give me a priority with registration?
No, all registrations have been processed on a first come, first served basis.

Do volunteers get priority with registration? (I have been in the band for 10 years!)
No, all registrations have been processed on a first come, first served basis.

What is the prospective parking date for the 2017 International Rally?
Your assigned parking date will be sent to you along with your registration pass.

Why don’t the International Officers plan better, and get a campground with more camp sites so more members can come?
Planning an International Rally begins 4 years before the event and it is necessary to book a site a minimum of 2 years ahead. The size of the facility is based on the size of the rallies at the time and the projected attendance. Based on projections made 3 years ago, a site with 400 spots was adequate. Every effort has been made to accommodate as many members as possible in 2017.

Do I have to park on my park date?
Parking days are assigned to ensure a manageable number of rigs are parked every day. We understand that because of the travel required to get to the rally, members will often arrive a day early or a day late. We will make every effort to accommodate these members. Please plan to arrive on your parking date.

Can I park on the fairgrounds before the rally begins?
The fairgrounds have public RV camping on a nightly basis for a fee payable to the fairground. However, if you are parked on the fairground when the club’s rental begins, you will be required to relocate to the bull pen to be processed and parked by the appropriate committees.

What do I do if I arrive after hours?
If you come to the rally after hours, follow the signs to the bull pen and park. Do not unhook as you will be parked as soon as the parkers return the next day. Please be ready to park when the parkers arrive.

Can I register for water, pump-out & generator and get on the standby list?
No, we are no longer accepting standbys.

Do you supply the generator or do I need to bring one?
No, we do not supply generators.

Does it have to be a quiet generator?
Please bring a generator that meets the National Park Service noise level requirements and always observe the generator hours (8am to 8pm). Your neighbors will appreciate a quiet generator.

Is there free Wi-Fi at the fairgrounds?
There is Wi-Fi in some buildings.

Are there activities for the children?
We have many activities planned for children.

I can only come for a few days, is there a daily rate?
For guest and member passes, it is $20 a day for 18 years and older, $7 a day for youth (13 -17 years) and a child 12 and under is free. Day pass attendees may attend all events on the calendar day they have paid for, but are not entitled to any complimentary items.

What if I want to just attend the IBT and/or delegates seminar/meeting?
Active members may attend any club business meeting at no charge. To attend any additional events, you will be charged the day pass fee.

Remember to bring:
  50’ of extension cord (50/30 or 110)
  Any adapters or splitters for electricity
  50’ of water hose (not garden hose that contain carcinogens)

  Water hose “Y” (connectors without valves are best)

Where can I get my propane tank refilled?
Due to regulations there will not be any tanks filled at the fairgrounds.

Local Propane Vendors:

Hilltop RV
2509 North Lincoln Road
http://www.hilltoprv.com/
Open M-F 9 - 6 and Saturday 9 - 4

Bosk Equipment Rental
2100 North Lincoln Road
Open M-F 7 - 5, Saturday 7 - 5 and Sunday 8 - 1

Suburban Propane
6731 US Highway 2/41/M35
Open M-F 8 - 5

Mel's Lawn and Garden
1620 6th Avenue North
906-786-8187
M-F 7 - 6:30, Saturday 7 - 5

Tractor Supply
2501 North Lincoln Road
906-233-0355
M-Sat - 8 – 8, Sunday 9 - 7

Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI

Wally Byam Caravan Club International

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60th WBCCI International Rally July 22-29, 2017 Escanaba, Michigan

Electric/Water/Pumpout and Generator sites are currently SOLD OUT!

Solar sites are AVAILABLE. Solar camping will have water and pumpouts. Bathrooms/shower houses are available at the fairgrounds. You can register for those sites NOW click HERE to Register.

We have made arrangements with two off site locations which are relatively close to the fairground.

Pioneer Trail Park- http://www.deltacountyparks.com/pioneer-trail-park.html Sites at this park are being held exclusively for “Airstream Club” members from January 1st to February 28th. After that date, registrations are open to the public. To make reservations, call 906-786-1020 or 906-553-7700 and identify yourself as a member of the Airstream Club. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information. This park is 3 miles from the fairground

Gladstone Bay Campground - http://www.gladstonemi.org/campground Sites can be reserved at this campground by leaving a message at 906-428- 9222. This park is 7 miles from the fairground.

It will be up to you to make reservations at these sites and then register for the rally as staying offsite.  The offsite fee is $95 per adult and entitles you to all the events at the fairground. This includes all the seminars, meals, entertainment, and access to the vendor area. If you are considering staying at one of these campgrounds, do not procrastinate, space is limited.


Rally Fees – $175.00 for an RV On-Site; $95.00 for each Adult (18+); $30.00 for each Youth 13-17; Children (12 & Under) – FREE; Lifetime Member Discount 20.00; Non Electric Camping Discount $50.00.

There will be two (2) sections for Non Electric Camping - #1 – Solar Area (no generators permited) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Non Electric Camping will have water and pump outs provided on a regular schedule.

A $50.00 surcharge will be assessed if you arrive on-site and have not pre-registered.

Payments by PayPal will be assessed a $5.00 service fee.

Handicapped Parking Special parking to be provided, if requested, near the central rally area for members with a doctor approved state/government issued permit on file with the Corporate Manager of WBCCI prior to arriving at the rally site.

Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering on or before January 1, 2017, will be eligible to partcipate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000.00 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.

Free parking in the Bull Pen, with no services, is permited for the night before your parking date. Additional nights prior to your parking date will be at the rate of $25.00/night, payable at Verification.

FEE REFUND POLICY Refund requests must be postmarked by May 31, 2017, and must include the complete Rally pass. All cancellations will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after June 1, 2017 may be subject to a 50% refund on approval of the International Rally Committee. NO refunds after July 21, 2017.


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May Update

Are you ready for the 2017 International Rally to be held in Escanaba, MI July 22-29? What? You haven’t registered nor reserved a campsite? Well, you may still make plans to attend, whether you have registered yet or not. Here’s how:
There are private and public campgrounds near Escanaba and you might be able to secure a site by calling around. A nice campground 15 miles south of Escanaba that I like is O B Fuller Park http://www.deltacountyparks.com/fuller-campground.html (906-786-1020).

There is a campground at the Island Resort & Casino, west of Escanaba www.islandresortandcasino.com/
hotel (800-682-6040). I plan to stay there in late May.

Boondocking in the Hiawatha National Forest might suit you. Contact the Rapid River office for advice (906-474-6442). You might browse campsites listed at www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Free campsites are at the Bay de Noc Grand Island trail head. This trail head is located east and north of Rapid River. I have often boondocked there. I usually prefer a pull-through. This is a first-come, first-served
shared horse camp.

OK, once you have secured your campsite, you will want to register for the International.  If you show up for the International without pre-registering, there is a $50 surcharge. Day Passes are also available for entry to all the events on that day.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff: FOOD! You already know a bit about a few foods that are unique to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from reading our previous articles.
Squeaky Cheese: Most Northern Yoopers already know that this is called Juustoa or Juustoleipa or Leipajuusto. It is sometimes called bread cheese. This Finnish cheese is found around the UP, and can also be ordered from UP Foods by calling Dan or Carol Sarazin at 906-296-0725. See their website: www.upfoods.com . Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UP Foods also sells Thimbleberry Jam - definitely a UP specialty. When Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel visited the UP, he filmed the campfire preparation of Juustoa. (It was served with Thimbleberry jam from UP Foods!)
You can make your own Juustoa by starting with two gallons of milk. (Tradition calls for the first milk from a cow who has recently calved.). Add sugar, cornstarch, salt and rennet in a specific sequence. Drain the whey. Bake, broil, flip it, broil.... oh, forget it and just buy it!

Finnish Pancake: Kropsua or Kropser or Pannukkau
You canr 4 eggs
1/4 - 1/2 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
Heat oven to 400 - 425 degrees. Melt butter in oven in a cake pan. Mix sugar, flour, salt and add beaten eggs and milk. Blend. Turn (hot) pan to make sure that the butter coats all sides. Then add batter and bake for 30 minutes. It will puff up when baking and flatten when cool. Cut into squares and serve - with syrup, jelly or honey.

Fish Fry: For this meal, you must go out. The UP has excellent fish fries! Whitefish, cod, perch or smelt may be on the menu. I recently joined a picnic attended by 288 Yoopers in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I asked several folks from Escanaba where they go for a fish fry. Here’s their advice:
In Escanaba, choose from the Freshwater Tavern (in the Terrace Bay Inn); Crispigna’s; House of Ludington; or Pacinos. In Wells, The Buck Inn. In Rapid River, The Swallow Inn; or Jack’s Restaurant (Swedish Rye rolls are served with the fish fry). South on M-35, The Ford River Pub & Grill.
Take your pick - and enjoY!


Are you planning your trip to Escanaba, Michigan? Get ready for a wonderful July 22-29, 2017 International Rally, at the UP State Fairgrounds. A full schedule of entertainment, camaraderie and events has been arranged. There’s room for you, so come on UP!

Reserve A Site At A Nearby Campground Two additional campgrounds are now available, in case you still need to reserve a site. Please contact Pioneer Park, just three miles from the fairground: http://www.deltacountyparks.com/pioneer-trail-park.html Or call 906 786-1020 or 906 553-7700 and identify yourself as a member of the Airstream Club. Or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional info.

Another campground, Gladstone Bay Campground, is available for you: Contact for reservations is http://www.gladstonemi.org/campground. Leave a message at 906=428-9222. Gladstone Bay Campground is seven miles from the fairgrounds.

These sites were held for Airstream Club members until March 1. We realize that you will be reading this later, but don’t hesitate to try to reserve a site even then - we want everyone to join the 60th International!

After you reserve your site, you will need to register and pay for the rally, $95 per adult via www.wbcci.org→Activities→International Rally→2017 Escanaba.

Places to Visit in Escanaba One of the places that you may want to check out in Escanaba, right downtown, is Leigh’s Garden Winery. Rumor has it that one of their new wines will be called Yooper Juice.
The write-up claims it to be a sweet rose’. But you can make the call!

Leigh’s Garden has an art deco style back bar, with walls and ceiling covered with 1895 tin squares, located at: 904 Ludington Street. (www.leighsgarden.com)

If you are ready to have someone else make your breakfast or lunch, you may want to head down to 1307 Ludington Street.  The Applewood Eatery & Espresso Bar is owned by Macy Neumeir. Included in the menu is French Toast, made from our very own Trenary Toast. So, if you can’t get away to visit the Trenary Toast shop in Trenary, you can have a taste of it at the Applewood (Phone: 906 786-6477)

Tours of the Upper Peninsula Your 2017 Escanaba International Chairpersons are busily making plans for your enjoyment. We can confirm that a very experienced, knowledgeable tour guide has been contacted
to provide your Upper Peninsula day-tour arrangements. In 2013, he led a tour for the Wisconsin Airstream Unit and it was a sellout.

One of Your Choices For Entertainment Come dance the night away with your WBCCI friends at Club Airstream! This D.J. party will include your favorite songs from the 50’s & 60’s, classic rock, country, disco and contemporary music. Young and old alike are welcome - this is an all-ages event that’s sure to be fun for everyone. The D.J. will be taking your requests. Please plan to attend on Thursday, July 27, 8:00 P.M., immediately after the evening program. Look for more details in the official Escanaba rally program.
There’s gonna be a lot of fun happening at the 60th International Rally!

P. S. – Laundromats The fact that there was only one laundromat in Lewisburg was an inconvenience with hundreds of Airstreamers in town. That won’t be a problem at Escanaba, where there are three, the Sunshine Laundromat, the Maytag Home Style Laundry and Glo Tanning Studio and Laundromat. Early workers note, the Maytag Home Style Laundry, a little over a mile from the fairgrounds, even offers a free wash after 12 loads. 

 


 

The ethnic diversity of the Upper Peninsula has resulted in a rich variety of foods, some of which are found nowhere else. Your visit to the 2017 International Rally (July 22-29 at the Upper Peninsula (UP) State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan) should include some gastronomic tourism. Sample
what the UP has to offer!

The Pasty:
The apex of the Yooper food pyramid is surely the pasty (pronounced “pass tee”), a meat pie made to be eaten out of hand. It was brought to the UP by Cornish miners. The pasty provided a way to serve a hot lunch in the mine, since the crust is self-insulating. The traditional ingredients are meat, potatoes, onions and rutabagas. The meat is most commonly beef although others such as venison may be used. (Nowadays pasty shops sell pasties containing all kinds of things, like ham and egg breakfast pasties.)

In days “before Airstream” we had a family tradition on UP trips. After crossing The Bridge, heading for Marquette, we would stop at Lehto’s Pasties on US 2 just east of St. Ignace. http://www.lehtospasties.com/ There we would buy a pasty for each person plus one for our dogs. Now - very important! You do not simply bite into a pasty straight from the oven! We would unwrap them, break them in two to let the steam out, and lay them out on the dashboard glare shield to cool before eating (and apportioning to the dogs). By Brevort they had cooled enough to eat. We have fond memories of driving through the beautiful scenery of the UP munching on pasties.

Trenary Toast:
Trenary Toast (accent on the second syllable – rhymes with “canary”) is actually a UP invention, although it
may have descended from the similar Finnish korppu. A small town bakery, The Trenary Home Bakery, started making it years ago, and today it is sold in their signature brown bags in supermarkets across the UP. http://trenaryhomebakery.com/
Trenary Toast is dry cinnamon toast, pre-toasted, pre-dried, and pre-cinnamoned, ready to eat. There are two schools of thought on how best to eat it, the “dunk-in-coffee” school and the “crunch” school. Dunkers are more numerous, but I’m a cruncher, myself.

Cudighi:
There’s a lot of Italian influence in the UP, but since Italian food is popular all over the US, one might not suppose the UP would have any unique Italian dishes. But there is one. Cudighi, a distinctively spiced Italian sausage, is only found in Italy and in the UP, where it’s sometimes called Yooper Sausage. Its popularity in the UP stems from the fact that an enterprising Italian immigrant in Marquette started selling cudighi sandwiches in the 1930s and they were an instant success. The UP cudighi sandwich was originally served with mustard and onions, but today the usual Italian combination of onions, cheese and tomato sauce is more common.

The characteristic taste of cudighi stems from an unusual combination of spices, including fennel, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cloves. (And, of course, garlic!) Besides cudighi sandwiches, it makes a fine breakfast sausage and meat sauce for spaghetti.

In traveling about the UP you are likely to come across all kinds of foods you never heard of in restaurants, delis, bakeries, and grocery stores. Ethnic specialties like lefse, pierogis, and kolaczki. Foods grown or harvested in the UP, like smoked fish, venison sausage, and thimbleberries. Try them, and make them part of your Airstream adventure.
Betcha you’ll like ‘em!


 

Your authors encourage you to attend the 2017 International Rally, July 22-29 at the Upper Peninsula (UP) State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan.
If you have been in the UP, you may have already fallen in love with the area. But for our “newbies,” we believe you will become “enchanted” with many things the UP has to offer. The formula for enchantment includes traveling beyond your Escanaba destination. If you have the time, please plan to visit other areas before or after the International.
From the Lonely Planet: “Perhaps life isn’t so harried in the UP because there are simply fewer people here. Around 320,000 residents (3% of the Mitten State’s population) live among the region’s 16,500 square miles - making up 28% of Michigan’s landmass. That’s a lot of elbow room.”
“All this bodes well for visitors who want to explore the 4,000 inland lakes, some 40 picturesque lighthouses and 3000 waterfalls, sunken shipwrecks, colonial forts and more than 1,000 years of Native American history.” https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/michigan/lake-michigan-shore/travel-tips-and-articles/michigans-upper-peninsula-spectacular-in-all-seasons
Here are some areas of the UP that are suggested for your exploration. These areas are along the south shore of Lake Superior, two to four hours north and east of Escanaba.

If you enjoy bird watching, check out the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (http://wpbo.org/ ). Rarities, such as the Boreal Owl and Jaegers have occasionally been seen there, among the 340 species recorded. While you are in the Whitefish Point area, you may tour the Great Lake Shipwreck Museum covering the shipwrecks on Lake Superior, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. You may recall the Gordon Lightfoot song about the 729 foot, 13,632 gross ton ore carrier (http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/ ). And yes, part of your enchantment will be that you are in Paradise, Michigan!

In this same area of the Upper Peninsula, you may take a Scenic Heritage Route (http://michiganhighways.org). This drive will include the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway, a 63 mile route leading to the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The Falls has a 50 foot drop, second only to Niagara Falls as the most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
(Learning to say “Tahquamenon” is easy: just think “phenomenon” and say “Tahqua” instead of “pheno.” Well, it works for me!)
40 miles of sandstone cliffs, with multi-colored streaks of mineral stain, make up Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. (https://www.nps.gov/piro/)
Many Airstreamers have seen the Pictured Rocks, both from the water and from hiking trails in the park. From Munising, MI you can board a tour boat that will provide narration and close-up views of this beauty. Natural beauty is abundant. The beauty of the UP, whether along a shoreline, near a waterfall, or on a forest road, will become an enchanted memory for life.


 

The 60th WBCCI International Rally will be held at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan July 22–29, 2017. (Note the Dates) President Richard Girard and his wife Jan enthusiastically encourage you to attend! The UP is a popular destination. Lay your plans now!

Holy Wah! Ya tinkn t’go ta Escanaba in da heart and soul of da U.P., dat Superior State? You betcha, you in for BIG treat! Hey! What da heck? Read on...

Escanaba (Elevation 607 ft.), is the 3 rd largest city in the U.P. Incidentally, the U.P. stands for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, often referred to as God’s Country, located just north of the Mackinac Bridge and south of Heaven. The people from the UP are known as Yoopers. (There are 3 types: Native...born in the UP, Long Timers...lived in the UP most of their lives, and just plain Yoopers...everyone else who lives there) The official language is Yoopanese (a dialect of English native to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Yoopers are fiercely proud of their land, heritage (primarily Scandinavian) and way of life.

Escanaba is a town of about 12,500, located in Delta County (county population of nearly 36,000) which boasts over 200 miles of varied fresh water shoreline, the most of any county in the continental United States, including beautiful sand beaches, marshes and wetlands for bird and wildlife viewing, as well as stunning limestone cliffs. Escanaba is in the Eastern time zone.

The North woods of Michigan is legendary for an abundance of wildlife including black bear, moose, wolf, fox, beaver, quail, grouse, wild turkey, rabbit and the white tail deer. Some of the best hunting and fishing in the world exists here! Come prepared for fresh PURE air and crystal clear water!

Some interesting history about the UP: The UP didn’t use to belong to Michigan! To make a long story short, Michigan owned the Toledo Strip which Ohio wanted badly. After years of bickering and some bloodshed (a stabbing and a dead pig sothe story goes) a deal was finally struck: Michigan conceded to the “wasteland of the UP” for the Toledo Strip. However, it turns out that logging and minerals proved to be a GREAT asset and wealth for the State of Michigan. In fact, the steel used to build your tow vehicles probably came from the rich iron ore mines of the UP, many of which are still active today, along with copper, nickel and gold. Logging continues to exist and paper mills are an important industry.

Another interesting tidbit: The Monarch Butterflies’ annual migration passes through here just north and east of Escanaba on the Bay de Noc in late summer, August and September, as thousands of the beautiful orange butterflies rest-up and await a north wind to help carry them across the open waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay to Door County in Wisconsin en route to Mexico.

Back to Escanaba. There are few worries about traffic jams, car crashes, crime or severe weather in Escanaba. Nestled near the top of Lake Michigan, on Little Bay de Noc, miles of beautiful sandy public beaches, bike paths, light houses, and hiking trails await you, along with championship golf courses, fishing, bird watching, boating, and casinos. In fact, there is so much to do in the UP, you could spend your whole summer here and many folks do just that!

In 1920, Henry Ford wrote about Yooperland, “It’s one of the prettiest places in the world!” Did you know there’s even a movie about Escanaba? Jeff Daniels starred in the 2001 movie, Escanaba in da Moonlight, a comedy about Yoopers and their sacred Deer Camp.

You might be thinking, what’s there to do in such a small town? Plenty! Folks travel from all over to visit Escanaba and the UP. While you won’t find many big box stores and few franchise restaurants, nonetheless, Escanaba has much to offer.

Article by:
Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587
Contributed by: Bill and Marti Upton, WBCCI #3691
Long-Time Yoopers


Your 2017 WBCCI International will be held in Escanaba, MI, July 22-29. It will be a sellout. Currently, water and electric sites have a standby list, but solar and generator are still available and will have water and pump outs.

Here is some helpful information for those new to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Let’s start with the basics. We call the Upper Peninsula the UP, pronounced YOU PEE. (Really!) And we call ourselves YOOPERS. (Really!)

Escanaba, the site of the Upper Peninsula State Fairground, is pronounced - ES KA NAH’ BAH, emphasis is on the NAH. Escanaba translates loosely to mean “Flat Rock.” Escanaba is the third largest city in the UP and a significant Lake Michigan port.

Getting Around the UP. Since the UP is bordered on the North by Lake Superior and the South by Lake Michigan, there are not too many ways to enter and leave! From the West, US 2 and US 41 are the major highways from Wisconsin. From the South, the lower peninsula of Michigan, I-75 crosses the Mackinac Bridge. (“Mackinac” is pronounced MACK-IN-AW, by the way.) Coming from
the North, Ontario, Canadians can cross the international bridge at Sault Ste. Marie, pronounced SOO SAINT MARIE. The full name of the town (on both sides of the border) is Sault Sainte Marie, but for some reason the abbreviation Ste. is almost always used on maps. The French name translates into English as “the rapids of Saint Marie.” When they built the locks around the rapids for Great Lakes shipping, they just called them the Soo Locks!

The UP is quite long in the East-West direction. Believe it or not, Detroit is closer to New York City than it is to Copper Harbor at the northwest end of the UP. This leads to a slight additional complication: the UP crosses two time zones. The west end of the UP, which overlaps Wisconsin, is in the Central time zone. The rest of the UP - including Escanaba - is in the Eastern time zone.
All events at the Escanaba International will be scheduled on the EASTERN TIME ZONE.

Conversely, the UP is pretty short in the North-South direction. From Escanaba it’s only 60 - 70 miles to Marquette and Munising on the Lake Superior shore. Both cities have lots of things to see - waterfalls, Pictured Rocks boat tour, lighthouses, museums, etc.  Marquette is the largest city in the UP.

There are five Great Lakes. Maybe you have seen each of them. The five Great Lakes are Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron and Ontario. (But some of us who live in Marquette say “Four Great Lakes and One Superior!”)

You will be driving right by Lake Michigan as you arrive in Escanaba from either the south or the east. Escanaba is located between two of Lake Michigan’s bays, the Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc. The names come from the Nocquet tribe of Native Americans who lived here. The “Bay of the Nocquet” has been shortened to “Bay de Noc.” The Bays de Noc offer many recreational possibilities. They are known for excellent Walleye fishing, and guides and charter boats are available. The Bays are also known for SCUBA diving, with unusually clear water and lots of shipwrecks to explore. On the East side of the Big Bay de Noc is Fayette Historic State Park, a restored 19th Century iron smelter and its surrounding town.

Lake Michigan’s name possibly derived from the word Mishigami, meaning Great Water in the Ojibwa language. The Algonquian (spelled lots of ways) explanation is that the word is Misschiganin, meaning Big Lake or Large Body of Water. (Incidentally, various places you will hear that the UP is inhabited by the Chippewa, Ojibwe, Ojibiwa and Anishinabe Indians - all English names for the same nation.)

While you are in Escanaba, make sure to drive to the end of Ludington Street to view the water, see Ludington Park, and check out the marina. It is a pretty drive and easy to find.

Whew. That’s enough to learn for now. Next month, let’s talk about play!

Article by:
Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587


There are many places to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Escanaba area. While I have patronized several of these places, let’s mention them in no particular order, and let you decide which ones catch your interest. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at the Stonehouse, located at the corner of US 2/US 41 and M35 (2223 Ludington, Escanaba). There is a lounge. Their menu includes fish, salads, sandwiches and steak.

Don’t miss breakfast at the Family Inn (6380 N 11th Street, Escanaba). You will notice the “regulars” have their own section and your waitresses will keep your coffee cup full. The Buck Inn (6696 US 2, Wells) is just north of the Fairgrounds. The Buck Inn has been known for its burgers and features the Buck Burger. On Monday, they may still have “all you can eat” wings.

One of the special spots to dine is The Log Cabin (7525 US 2 & 41, Gladstone). The Log Cabin is very picturesque as it overlooks the Bay. It’s closed on Monday. Hereford and Hops (624 Ludington) is located in downtown Escanaba. This is your Brew Pub and Steak place! It offers a comfortable atmosphere. Reservations suggested. 906-789-1945.

For an excellent view of Lake Michigan, The Terrace Bay Inn will please you. It is located in Gladstone along US 2/41 & M35. To reserve your view, call 906-786-6774. If you want to visit the local casino before or after having supper, take a drive west on US 2 to Bark River/Harris. The Island Resort and Chip In Casino provides two restaurants, usually has weekend entertainment and a few games of chance. They have a campground. To check availability, call 800-682-6040.

Many choices are available for pizza, as you may expect in a city the size of Escanaba. AND… a bit about the drink you will find in the Escanaba area, specifically, craft beer. For more detail, you might consult Upper Peninsula Beer: A History of Brewing Above the Bridge by Russell Magnaghi, The History Press.

During the Colonial era (1620-1796) the Upper Peninsula area was controlled through Canada by the French, and after 1760, by the English.  The first beer, spruce beer, was introduced at this time. While history shows that brandy and rum were more popular, German immigrants brought the art of brewing to the Upper Peninsula around 1850. Prohibition (1916-1933) caused the closure of UP breweries, which could not compete with Milwaukee breweries after repeal.

The last brewery in the Upper Peninsula was Bosch, which closed its doors in 1973. Twenty-one years passed before the region’s first microbrewery, Hereford and Hops, opened in Escanaba.

More information about the 16 breweries currently in the Upper Peninsula will be provided in a future article. Most of all, whether you seek breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoy the casual atmosphere of the Escanaba establishments. You will find Yoopers to be interested in why you are visiting and where you live. ENJOY!

Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587


The Upper Peninsula has witnessed a lot of history since it became part of Michigan in 1837, and much of it can be seen near Escanaba. Here are seven historical attractions within 50 miles of the 2017 International Rally:

You can begin right in Escanaba with the Sand Point Lighthouse and Museum, operated by the Delta County Historical Society. Escanaba became an important Lake Michigan port early in the 1800s. The Sand Point Lighthouse was built in 1867 to help keep ships off of the sandbars of the Little Bay de Noc. Ironically, the appointed lighthouse keeper, John Terry, died just before the lighthouse was completed and his wife, Mary Terry, took over the job, becoming one of the first women lighthouse keepers.

Thirty miles up the road in Hermansville is the IXL Historical Museum, commemorating the logging industry in the UP. The main building was the 1878 headquarters of the Wisconsin Land and Lumber Company, a manufacturer of millwork such as windows, doors, and flooring. Their trademark was IXL in a circle, signifying “I excel”. The museum contains artifacts of the company’s operations and life in the town that the company supported.

A little farther up the road in Norway, Michigan is the Jake Menghini Historical Museum, displaying various aspects of life in the town of Norway over the last 125 years. Jake started collecting “stuff” as a child in the early years of the 20th century, and when he passed away he willed it to the city, so they had to open the museum!

The City of Iron Mountain has three signicant museums all by itself. Two occupy adjacent buildings, the Cornish Pumping Engine Museum and the World War II Glider and Military Museum.

The Chapin Mine in Iron Mountain was the largest producing iron mine on the Menominee Range in the late 1800s, but it was also the wettest, requiring the removal of four and a half million gallons of water per day. For this purpose the company ordered a Cornish pumping engine from the E. P. Allis Company.

This proved to be the largest reciprocating steam engine ever built in the United States. It is on display at the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum, along with a variety of mining equipment.  The reason the WW II Glider and Military Museum is located in Iron Mountain is not so obvious until you know the story. Henry Ford had a large presence in the UP at the time of World War II, and was interested in the mass production of aircraft. The US needed thousands of cargo gliders for airborne operations, and Ford adapted a plant in the nearby suburb of Kingsford to the manufacture of CG-4 gliders. The plant built more than 4,000 of the nearly 14,000 produced, more than any other factory.

The third Iron Mountain museum is the Menominee Range Historical Museum housed in the former Carnegie Public Library. It contains several exhibits portraying daily life in the area, from the Menominee tribe up to the mid-20th century.

In future issues, we will consider other UP historical sights more distant, in the hope that you will have time to range farther afield before or after the International.

Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587

Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI

2017 International Rally

Electric/Water/Pumpout and Generator sites are currently SOLD OUT!

Solar sites are AVAILABLE. Solar camping will have water and pumpouts. Please continue using this registration form for Solar camping ONLY.

Bathrooms/shower houses are available at the fairgrounds. You can register for those sites NOW click HERE to Register.

We have made arrangements with two off site locations which are relatively close to the fairground.

Pioneer Trail Park- http://www.deltacountyparks.com/pioneer-trail-park.html Sites at this park are being held exclusively for “Airstream Club” members from January 1st to February 28th. After that date, registrations are open to the public. To make reservations, call 906-786-1020 or 906-553-7700 and identify yourself as a member of the Airstream Club. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information. This park is 3 miles from the fairground.

Gladstone Bay Campground - http://www.gladstonemi.org/campground Sites can be reserved at this campground by leaving a message at 906-428- 9222. This park is 7 miles from the fairground.

It will be up to you to make reservations at these sites and then register for the rally as staying offsite.  The offsite fee is $95 per adult and entitles you to all the events at the fairground. This includes all the seminars, meals, entertainment, and access to the vendor area. If you are considering staying at one of these campgrounds, do not procrastinate, space is limited.

Rally Fees –

$175.00 for an RV On-Site

$95.00 for each Adult (18+)

$30.00 for each Youth 13-17

Children (12 & Under) – FREE

Lifetime Member Discount $20.00

Non Electric Camping Discount $50.00

There will be two (2) sections for Non Electric Camping - #1 – Solar Area (no generators permitted) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Non Electric Camping will have water and pump outs provided on a regular schedule.

A $50.00 surcharge will be assessed if you arrive on-site and have not pre-registered.

Payments by PayPal will be assessed a $5.00 service fee.

Handicapped Parking – Special parking to be provided, if requested, near the central rally area for members with a doctor approved state/government issued permit on file with the Corporate Manager of WBCCI prior to arriving at the rally site.

Free parking in the Bull Pen, with no services, is permitted for the night before your parking date. Additional nights prior to your parking date will be at the rate of $25.00/night, payable at verification..

Early Registrations – Register in Lewisburg, WV July 1-5, 2016 – and be eligible to win a FREE 2017 IR Rally Fee (Max $365.00).

Register on or before January 1, 2017 – and be eligible to win a FREE 2017 IR Rally Fee (Max $365.00).

Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering on or before January 1, 2017, will be eligible to participate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000.00 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.

FEE REFUND POLICY – Refund requests must be postmarked by May 31, 2017, and must include the complete Rally pass. All cancellations will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after June 1, 2017 may be subject to a 50% refund on approval of the International Rally Committee. NO refunds after July 21, 2017.

Event Properties

Event date 07-22-2017
Event End Date 07-29-2017
Registration Start Date 07-01-2016 2:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 217
Cut off date 05-31-2017
Location
UP State Fairgrounds
2401 12th Ave N Escanaba, MI 49829 United States
UP State Fairgrounds

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Category: 2017 Escanaba, MI
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