The 66th Annual Airstream Club International Rally, which took place in Rock Springs, Wyoming, saw the highest attendance in twenty years, with Airstream enthusiasts from around the world gathering for a week of camaraderie, adventure, and lifelong memories.
The Rally was not only a celebration of the Airstream lifestyle but also a significant contributor to the local community.
The Rally kicked off with the Vintage Airstream Club parade, featuring more than 60 Airstreams that were 25 years or older. The grand opening ceremony set the stage for an incredible week as participants connected with old friends and forged new bonds with fellow Airstream enthusiasts.
The Rally grounds buzzed with excitement and enthusiasm, reflecting the vibrant and close-knit community that defines the Airstream Club International, according to a press release.
Throughout the week, attendees were treated to a plethora of engaging activities and a whopping total of 88 educational sessions, catering to the diverse interests of the Airstream community.
Informative seminars on trailer maintenance and upgrades, information technology, caravan or rally leading, outdoor cooking demonstrations, quilting, jewelry making, and some local guest speakers were among the highlights, providing attendees with valuable knowledge and inspiration for their Airstream adventures.
For the competitive, there was a pet show, photo contest, hobby and arts contest, and golf tournament. Then there were plenty of activities for the energetic early risers: bike rides, line dancing, yoga, and pickleball.
For the social people who like to eat and drink, there were region breakfasts or luncheons, food trucks, ice cream socials, and happy hours. For the musically inclined, there was live entertainment and dancing three evenings and an outdoor concert in the city park by the Wyoming Winds Airstream Band and Okay Chorale.
For the bargain-seeking, there was a silent auction and a flea market/craft fair. The vendor hall featured 65 booths varying in products from baked goods to e-bike carrier systems, hitches, and everything in between.
The Rally also served as a platform for attendees to explore the surrounding area and immerse themselves in the local culture. Guided bus excursions to the nearby Flaming Gorge and a river rafting trip on the Green River allowed participants to experience firsthand the joy of Airstream travel, creating cherished memories with their loved ones.
In addition to the incredible attendance, the Rally was marked by outstanding community contributions.
Airstream Club members demonstrated their generosity and compassion by donating an impressive 126 pints of blood, collecting 150 pounds of aluminum tabs to be cashed in toward contributions to the Ronald McDonald House, and amassing more than 33,000 diapers to support families in need throughout Sweetwater County.
Furthermore, a remarkable $12,193 was donated to the United Way of Southwest Wyoming, showcasing the Airstream community’s commitment to making a positive impact in the local community where they travel.
The Airstream Club International extends its deepest gratitude to all its members for their overwhelming support and generous contributions at this year’s International Rally.
Reflecting on the Rally’s success, LaVerne McHenry, the Airstream Club International Rally community service chair expressed immense pride in her fellow Airstream Club members for their dedication to making a difference.
“This Rally has not only been a blast just seeing friends and camping together, but we’re also out here learning new things, trying new things and feeling great about coming together to make a positive impact on this community,” said McHenry.
The 66th Annual Airstream Club International Rally was a monumental event that brought together a passionate community, contributed significantly to the local economy, and made a positive impact on the local community.
It was a testament to the enduring spirit and camaraderie of the Airstream community, and a shining example of how such events can bring about positive change and unforgettable memories.