Tin Can Tourists

Owners of vintage campers from more than 10 states are greatly anticipating this year’s Fourth Annual Northeast Tin Can Tourist Rally at Sampson State Park in Romulus. The rally, hosted by Bill and Denise Fletcher, gives vintage camper enthusiasts the opportunity to take their rigs on the road and meet in the fall for four days of sharing and celebrating the proud ownership and lifestyle of camping with these amazing vehicles.

During the four-day rally, there are many events for registered participants, including a combination mac and cheese and chili cook-off, dish-to-pass barbeque pork dinner, musical performances, informative lectures, a vintage yard sale and a camper open house. The vintage camper open house is free of charge and attracts many people from the surrounding areas who are curious and may be considering the fun and adventures of owning a vintage camper. The open house provides the opportunity to look inside many of the campers and talk to their owners. Anyone visiting the open house will get to see some of the finest original and restored vintage campers in the country, from cloth-covered caravans, highly polished airstreams, hand crafted teardrops and everything else originating between the 1940s and 1970s.

The 4th Annual Northeast Rally is sponsored by the Tin Can Tourist Organization. Information and registration can be found at www.tincantourists.com/rallyregistration1.php

During the rally, many of the folks attending get together and explore the visual beauty and wonderful bounty of the Finger Lakes by visiting the state parks, vineyards and local restaurants.

If you are attending the rally or are just stopping by to see the vintage campers and cars, you will experience the joy of stepping back into simpler and streamlined times.

• This year’s rally will be held from September 15 to 18, 2011, at Sampson State Park.

• Open house will be on Saturday September 17, from 12 to 3 p.m. Please stop by and enjoy the world of vintage trailers, cars and RVs.

by Mark Oros

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