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Carolina BalloonFest – Statesville, NC
October 18-20, 2019
APRIL 9 UPDATE —— ATTENTION RALLYGOERS! IF YOU WANT TO PARK WITH THE OTHER SECU MEMBERS, YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN APRIL 15TH. AFTER THAT DATE, PARKING WILL BE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED BASIS.
Please join members of the Southeastern Camping Unit, the Carolinas Airstream Club, and the Piedmont Unit for the Carolina BalloonFest Rally in Statesville, NC October 18-20, 2019.
While there were plans in the works to move the festival, they did not come to fruition for this year. As last year, we will have parking convenient to the entrance to the festival grounds. This year the Festival will be providing us with a gathering area for happy hours and meals. Also, this year we will have an exclusive early reservation window closing April 15th. All members reserving in the window will be guaranteed adjacent parking. The festival will attempt to continue parking our attendees who reserve after the window closes together but it cannot be guaranteed; get your reservations in early.
The schedule has not been set for the 2019 festival but in years past planned events included a Friday afternoon launch, a Saturday morning launch, a Saturday evening glow window, and a Sunday morning launch. We attempt to plan our happy hours and meals around the festival events which requires some flexibility as the event timing is dictated by weather conditions.
1. Reservations are not refundable, but the festival has committed to support transfer of a reservation to another person as needed.
2. This is boondock-style camping. No services are available. Arrive full of water, batteries charged, and holding tanks empty!
To make your reservation, download the form at: BalloonFest Registration for SECU
Note: Use this form, not the one on the BalloonFest website. This one has been customized for the rally.
Fill in your details, mail the form and your check to the address on the form.
Parking passes with site assignments will be e-mailed. Wristbands for the festival will be sent out just prior to the festival. If needed ask for your wristbands to be mailed to me and you can pick them up once you have parked. E-mail me to let me know if you have signed up and if I need to watch for your wristbands or if you have questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24-27, 2019
As usual, SECU will have their annual business meeting and officer installation at Alumalina. The meeting will be Saturday, October 26, time to be determined. Rally details will be coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the link to their Facebook page. Alumalina
Airstreams, Beer and Ciders (ABC’s)
Nov 1 – Nov 3, 2019
Learn your ABC’s at Devil’s Backbone Camp 30 Three Ridges Lane in Roseland, VA. Devil’s Backbone Camp is located at the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company. Reservations for camping can be made online at Reserve America. The 20% DISCOUNT CODE for camping is: AIRSTREAM20 (If you have already signed up, you will be given the code retroactively!!) SECU members, please confirm on our Facebook page!
Basecamp offers: Brewpub, outdoor Oak Grill, Outdoor Bar, The Summit (7am-noon…awesome breakfast and coffee!), Shanty (spirits, beer & Cigars) and a Distillery (Craft cocktails, beer & light fare).
There is so much to do outdoors in Nelson County- it’s along the AT, hiking, biking, & birding are great and Nelson County 151 which has 6 wineries, 4 breweries, 2 ciders and another distillery!
Hikes are scheduled daily within the DB property (thanks Dave & Janet!) and a brewery tour is tentatively set for Friday, 1 November at 4pm.
NOTE! Please let Denise Fleming know if you have any questions, if you are attending, and if you would like to go on the brewery tour!
GA Mountain Air – Fall Edition
November 8-10, 2019 at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Hiawassee, GA Area 2, Sections B-F. Reservations can be made by calling the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, (706) 896-4191, on or after December 4, 2018! For more information, go to Air Forums.
December 30, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Canopener has gotten SO popular that even more folks make plans to come to the park early – so we will be scheduling some activities to keep our hands and minds busy… Pub Crawls, the Arkansas Unit’s famous fish fry and the New Year’s Eve FlaMingle – are among the things we’re planning – stay tuned!
14th Annual Canopener
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, FL
January 2-5, 2020
This year’s Canopener will have activities to be finalized later in the year but there will be music, biking, Ranger breakfasts, hikes, the world-famous chili feed and cornhole tournament, and a few surprises. If you have you have secured your reservation through Reserve America, please register/RSVP on Airforums to be eligible for the fabulous door prizes. If you were unable to get a reservation – hang in there – many will come open closer to the start date as Airstreamer’s plans tend to change. AirForums Rally Page
Farm Life 2020
February 12-16, 2020
Hosted by Lisa Forsyth at her farm in Land O’ Lakes, FL. As always, this is going to be a fun event. Rumor has it that Antsy Mclain will be there to entertain us with his music and his trailer park inspired wit. For more details, see the Farm Life Facebook page. Not already a Farm Life member? Just ask Lisa to add you to the growing group.
Region 3 Rally
April 1-5, 2020
There is SO much to do in Myrtle Beach, SC – family fun, music lovers, nature, and LOTS of ocean front. Please make your reservations for a site directly with Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Call 1-800-722-1451 or 1-877-510-1413.
They are holding 175 campsites for us. Reference REGION 3 AIRSTREAM RALLY. You may book the entire week, March 29 – April 5, at a rally rate of $42.00 per night. A bargain for ocean front camping! Myrtle Beach is always a fun destination, so don’t wait, make the call, and we will see you there
63rd WBAC International Rally
June 20-17, 2020
Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, CO Do you have the wanderlust? If so, follow it to Loveland Colorado with thousands of your fellow Airstreamers! Here’s a link to Everything YOU need to know! Sites are going fast – so make your reservations HERE.