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Thanks to Susan & Joe Crocker
RETURN TO THE RALLY IN THE VALLY
My trips to Rally in the Valley hold a special spot in my heart and have left only positive memories. The location was wonderful because it was large and open and we were actually able to go to the factory and see a Bluebird Wanderlodge on its way down the production line.
The many activities and sessions on the schedule were varied and fulfilling. Women got to do crafts, enjoy cooking classes, and get beauty hints to name a few. The men had their sessions with the experts about all sorts of things pertaining to a Bluebird and its upkeep. The food was never ending and phenomenal, morning, noon and night.
The hosts of Return to the Rally in the Valley, Harney Davey and Lois Lynch, did an excellent job of coming as close to the real thing as possible!
Our campground, Fair Harbor, was located basically across the street from the Perry Fairgrounds. We had over 60 reservations of Vintage Bird members attending. It was a lovely sight, seeing all those Birds scattered throughout the campground.
Although the factory is no longer operating, those interested were given the opportunity to go inside, look around, and talk about what it used to be. The men met during three sessions with people who once worked for Bluebird like George Morris, Glen McCormack, Glen Rodgers, and John Boy to discuss problems they were having, location of necessary parts, and general maintenance procedures.
We also had a tire seminar by the local Michelin dealer who was a veteran Rally in the Valley presenter although I don't remember a purple Mohawk hairdo then.
The ladies were entertained at a luncheon by Mark Ballard, a long time Rally in the Valley presenter. He also held a craft for those who were interested. The food was also phenomenal. We had only a few meals to deal with on our own. The rest were prepared by a local caterer or the campground staff.
During the evening meals we were able to visit with many of the Bluebird workers who built our vehicles. Brenda Rodgers gave a presentation about the Luce family and her memories about her years with Bluebird and her participation in planning for the yearly rally.
Our last evening, before dinner, we had a chorus of the musical horns. After the horns we had a dish to pass dinner with the meat provided by the chapter and slow cooked by Shane Fedeli and friends
Saturday morning, our last day, people started pulling out for their next destination after breakfast. It was a sad sight watching them go, but it was wonderful to have so many Vintage Bird members together again in Perry.
Thank you so much, Harney and Lois. Job well done!