A lot of readers have been asking me when I will upload the registration page for our Eastern Gypsy Gathering Rally, which will be held August 30 to September 3, at Elkhart Campground, in Elkhart, Indiana. I got the page uploaded yesterday, and you can access it with this Registration Link.
We are trying something that we have never done before with this rally, in holding it at a regular RV park instead of at a fairgrounds, like we have in the past. This is an experiment to answer the many requests of rally attendees for full hookups, instead of the standard 20 amp electric we usually have at fairgrounds. We are offering both 50 and 30 amp full hookups, as well as 50 and 30 water and electric only. We have a limited number of RV sites, so register soon to reserve your site.
Of course, it costs more to offer these amenities, and the price is reflected in the rally registration costs. Registration costs are on a sliding scale, based upon the type of hookups you choose.
I know we can’t please everybody, and I have already had a few people complain that the cost is higher than at previous rallies. I’m sorry folks, but we can’t have it both ways. If you want fairgrounds prices, you get fairgrounds accommodations. If you want RV park accommodations, you have to pay RV park prices.
However, in looking at the cost for other RV rallies, I think you will find that we are charging less than most other events, and offering a lot more than many of them.
The timing and location for this rally are perfect for anybody who will be going to the Escapees RV Club’s Fall Escapade, which will be in nearby Goshen, Indiana September 12-17. This will be the Escapees’ 50th Escapade rally, and it’s going to be a great event that you won’t want to miss. Elkhart Campground owners Bob and Gita Patel welcome our Gypsy Gathering attendees to stay over after our rally while they wait to go into Escapade.
Elkhart Campground is our summer base, and we have been going there for so many years that it feels like home to us. We have watched Bob and Gita’s two sons grow up over the years, and they treat us like family. The campground has a swimming pool, WiFi internet access, rec room, and clean showers and restrooms.
Elkhart and the surrounding area have a lot to see and do, including touring such great places as the RV Hall of Fame Museum, the Midwest Museum of American Art, the Ruthmere Museum, the National New York Central Railroad Museum, the Studebaker National Museum, Hostetler’s Hudson Automobile Museum, Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort, and the Meono-Hof Amish Mennonite Cultural Center. There are also RV factory tours, exploring Amish country, and the huge Shipshewana Flea Market.
I am working on the seminar lineup now, and if you have been to any of our past events, you know we’ll have a fine lineup of seminars on many aspects of RVing and the RV lifestyle. It is always a challenge to come up with new and interesting seminars, and we have some old favorites and interesting new ones to offer you at our Eastern Rally. If you would like to present a seminar at the rally, please contact me at [email protected] with a brief description of what you have in mind. We especially need RV technical and craft seminars.
We look forward to seeing you in Elkhart!
Thought For The Day – Those most willing to consider an offense “water under the bridge” are generally those most responsible.