Yesterday was the first day of our Ohio Gypsy Journal Rally, and, repeating the same pattern, it rained steadily all of Sunday night and most of yesterday morning. By the time the rain finally stopped falling, we had received two inches, on top of all of the rain we got in the days before.
Mike Loscher and I were out in the parking lot by 8 a.m., ready to meet any incoming RVs and get them parked. At first they straggled in one at a time, and then everybody started showing up at once. But between Greg and myself, we were able to get most of them parked quickly, while Mike stayed out front, greeting the arriving RVs and getting them out of the main entrance and into a staging area to await being parked.
A couple of days ago, I said that there were enough 30 and 50 amp electric outlets to accommodate everybody, but I didn’t consider all of the rain we have been getting. In some areas, the ground started getting pretty soft, and we had two or three RVs that got stuck while we were trying to park them. Fortunately, getting them pulled out with the fairgrounds tractor was not a major problem, but we ended up having to park a few folks in areas where they only had 20 amp power. But since the temperatures are not too high or too low, everybody was okay with it. I sure appreciate everybody’s patience and good humor as we all dealt with the weather.
At 3 p.m., we had our official rally opening, introduced our vendors, and then took a short break. Here is a group shot of our happy crowd.
When we resumed, myself, Roger Marble from the RV Tire Safety blog, and Dennis Hill, from the RV Driving School, took questions from the audience about everything from RV tires and membership campgrounds, to RV weighing, health insurance for fulltimers, and backing up an RV. I always enjoy these informal roundtable discussions, and we fielded some excellent questions. Thanks Dennis and Roger, for taking part.
With that out of the way, I had just enough time to catch up with Miss Terry and see how things were going on her end. She said that registration went smoothly, and everybody seemed to be happy. Then we started carrying door prizes over to the main meeting hall, and at 7 p.m. we had our first of three door prize drawings. Greg did such an excellent job of collecting door prizes from the local restaurants that, along with some items from our vendors, everybody in attendance got a door prize. One of the larger items we gave away was an Epson printer/copier/fax/scanner.
Everybody may have won a door prize already, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots more to give away. All of the names went back into the box, and tonight we’ll be drawing all over again, and passing out more great door prizes. Some of the biggies we still have left are another Epson combo unit, a Strongback chair, an Amazon Kindle, and a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak donated by our friends Tim and Crystal Ryerson at Inflatable Boats 4 Less. Some people are gong to leave this rally very happy!
Today we’ll have seminars all day long, and tonight will be more door prizes. By the end of the day yesterday, we had 110 RVs here, which is our smallest rally yet, but everybody is having a good time, and you folks who aren’t here are missing a lot of fun!
In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about the hassle we had Saturday night with the party animals who had a travel trailer parked here long term, and I said I’d be having a talk with the fairgrounds manager about the problem. A little after 9 a.m. yesterday morning we had a chat about the incident, and by noon the trailer and the people were gone, never to return. I appreciate a facility that cares about their rally customers, and does what it takes to keep them happy and coming back.
Thought For The Day – There cannot be a crisis this week: my schedule is already full.