2016 NATIONAL AND SPECIAL-EVENT RALLIES
March 14 – 19, 2016
Region 9 Rally
The Region 9 Rally will be held March 14-19 in Shawnee, OK. The theme for this year's rally is "Airstream PowWow!" The parking fee is $23 a night which includes electric, water and sewer. The rally fee is $90 per person which includes 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts. Information for the rally can be found on the Region 9 website - region9.wbcci.net
April 6 - 11, 2016
Florida State Rally
Sunshine Key Resort Park
Big Pine Key, Florida
April 14 – 17, 2016
Alabama State Rally
April 27 – May 1, 2016
Region 3 Rally
Region 8 Rally
Follow the Trails West
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Tennessee State Rally
May 11 - 16, 2016
Region 4 Rally
“Follow the Ruby Brick Road”
June 1 – 6, 2016
Region 2 Rally
June 28 – July 4, 2016
59th International Rally “Because We Can!”
Lewisburg, West Virginia
An open invitation to ALL WBCCI members:
International President Jim Schwerdfeger offers a personal invitation to all WBCCI members to join him at the International Convention/Rally, June 28 – July 4, in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The International Convention/Rally is WBCCI’s largest and longest running rally. It is a showcase of the Wally Byam Way of Life. Over 660 Airstream trailers and motorhomes are anticipated. It is a unique opportunity for members to learn more about their Airstream and meet other members of the club. The activities, Airstream related seminars and entertainment are boundless. See the latest Airstream products and tow vehicles on display. Enjoy the opportunity to talk firsthand with club members, officials and employees of Airstream, Inc. There are more than 50 area attractions to appeal to a wide arrange of interests. Lewisburg is located in the Greenbrier Valley area of West Virginia along with four other communities. Each community offers unique shopping, wonderful dining, vibrant art scenes and great outdoor recreation. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the great state of West Virginia and see some old friends or meet some new friends. If you are interested in attending, contact WBCCI headquarters.
July 21 – 25, 2016
Region 7 Special Event Rally
Monument of Peace Rededication
International Peace Garden
Manitoba/North Dakota Border
The North Dakota Peace Garden Unit, Region 7 and the WBCCI invite you to join them at the most historic and important WBCCI event of the 21st century - the rededication of the WBCCI Monument of Peace at the International Peace Garden. Rally includes 4 nights of parking, dinners, breakfast, tours and more. The Rededication Celebration will be on Sunday, July 24, starting at 2:00 pm with the presentation of the monument to the Peace Gardens and this will commemorate 200 years of peace between our two countries – Canada and the United States. More information will be posted on the Region 7 website at www.Region7.wbcci.net.
July 27 – August 1, 2016
Region 10 Rally
Kickin’ Back in Kalispell
August 3 – 7, 2016
Michigan State Rally
“Reminiscing in Ravenna”
August 4 – 7, 2016
Region 1 Rally
August 7 – 14, 2016
Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention
15th Special Event Rally
Region 3 will again be the host of the 15th Special Event Rally in Galax, Virginia for the 81st Old Time Fiddler’s Convention August 8-13. The Fiddler’s Convention is six days of continuous entertainment while the rally will have special concerts by Wayne Henderson and Friends, and the Junior Appalachian Musicians as well as a tour of Wayne’s shop and his extraordinary museum, a breakfast, dinner, and melon “cutting” included. Rally fee is $50 per person, $20 children 12-16. Limited to 45 rigs. The rally campsites will be at the Cool Breeze Campground that has three point hook-ups, 30 and 50-amp service, cable TV, and wireless Internet for $30 per night (plus tax). There will be on-site entertainment. The website address is: http://coolbreezecampground.com and phone number is 866-342-0300. Just call the campground to reserve your campsite and spot in the rally. Pay the rally fee on your arrival. Note: entrance fee to the Fiddlers Convention is not included in the rally fee.
August 17 – 22, 2016
Tall Ships Special Event Rally
A Special Events/Region 7 Rally is being planned for August 17-22 with new events and tours. This event will feature something for everyone who loves to travel including a visit to the Cirrus Aircraft complex, the Scenic Railroad for a day trip to Two Harbors, and of course the parade of the Tall Ships. The bustling Duluth Waterfront will also have a full complement of vendors, artisans, music, reenactments, entertainment and a secret surprise. So mark your calendar and watch for further updates. This is an event you do not want to miss. Contact: Linda Agre 320-295-1117.
September 8 – 11, 2016
Old Thresher’s 36th Anniversary Special Event Rally
September 12 – 18, 2016
Pendleton Round-Up National Rally
September 16 – 18, 2016
New York State Rally
Angelica, New York
September 24 – October 2, 2016
54th Annual Swiss Festival National Rally
September 30 – October 4, 2016
Balloon Fiesta National Rally
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 5 – 9, 2016
Storytelling Festival Special Event Rally
October 15 - 23, 2016
Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival Rally
December 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017
36th Annual Rose Parade Special Event Rally
Region 12 will host the Rose Parade Rally in Pasadena, CA from December 28, 2016 – January 1, 2017. The rally is a dry camping event blocks from Colorado Blvd. and the 128th Rose Parade. The rally includes four nights of dry camping (No water, electricity or dump). Enjoy breakfasts, dinners, tours and reserved grandstand seats for perfect viewing of the parade. The Rally is always fun. Pasadena offers tourist attractions, shopping across the street from the campsite, Tournament of Roses activities and ringing in the New Year with your WBCCI friends. More information at Region 12 website: region12.wbcci.net
Peter McDonald spoke for over an hour on the Navajo Culture and the story of the Code Talkers to a standing-room only crowd in the VAC tent.
Peter MacDonald (born 1928) is a Native American politician and the only four term Chairman of the Navajo Tribe. MacDonald was born in Arizona, and served the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker. He was first elected Navajo Tribal Chairman in 1970.
Raised among traditional shepherds and groomed as a medicine man, MacDonald entered the Marine Corps as a Navajo language code talker during World War II. The war ended soon after his training was complete and he was deployed in post-war China to guard surrendered Japanese officers.
After the war, MacDonald earned an electrical engineering degree at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, his acumen secured a job at the Hughes Aircraft Company, working on the Polaris nuclear missile project. He returned to the Navajo Nation in 1963 and began a career in tribal politics.
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Wally Byam Caravan Club International
60th WBCCI International Rally July 22-29, 2017 Escanaba, Michigan
Solar and Generator sites are AVAILABLE. Solar and Generator camping will have water and pumpouts. You can register for those sites NOW click HERE to Register..
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.
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, #1587Contributed by: Bill and Marti Upton, WBCCI #3691Long-Time Yoopers
Here you will find all of the files you might need to participate in the 2013 International Rally in Huron, SD.
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