We are part of the advance team for the Gypsy Journal Rally at the fairgrounds here in Yuma. We moved in on Saturday afternoon after a brief stop at the Arizona (flea) Market. We put the car in tow to test out our system since it had been several years. Couldn't get the left turn signal to work & Bob couldn't find the right key to change out hitch to the step down one. Ran out of time to put the Brake Buddy on. But we made it to the fairgounds and parked in time to go to the meeting.
Early Sunday morning we relocated to the same spot we like next to the horse barn. We are away from the main area and there are only 2 of us here. Not crowded in. At 8am Bob was out in the front lot with the parking crew. The crew managed to park 129 rigs from 12:30 to 5. They had to sort each one out as to needs like handicap, electric, dry camp, vendors and line them up. Then 2 guys would lead about 4 or 5 rigs to their designated area. At noon Donna helped with getting the registration area setup and then it was registering all those rigs. In the evening we went to an Araby rv park to listen to a friend of our sing. Linda Wheeler sure can belt out the tunes.
It was an early bedtime and then it was repeated on Monday. There were only a few rigs that came in. Donna helped with setting up the chairs in the stage area. Vendors were busy setting up their booths. At 3 o'clock Nick & Terri welcomed the group. Nick asked for 4 men to volunteer. Bob & Curt always willing to help stood up only to be told they were now contestants in the Cactus Queen Contest. We went to Burger's & Beer with Curt & Dick Reed. Back at the Rally for door prizes and another early evening.
We both attended seminars in the morning then we went shopping at thrift stores for an outfit for Bob to wear at the (beauty?) contest. The evening events were more door prizes and we were runner's giving the gift to the winners. Afterwards David Bradley sang. He was a singer for the Sons of the Pioneers and is voted number one entertainer in Branson. Enjoyed the show.
More seminars on Wednesday followed by a pizza party. They served 300 people in 6 minutes. We got to go first as the contestants and their assistants had to get ready for the Cactus Queen contest that followed. Bob & Curt posing backstage.
Bob changed his mind and wore an outfit Donna had in the closet instead of what we had purchased. Hope Nick didn't enjoy this too much. Donna may get jealous.The guygals struted their stuff and
Curt was voted the Queen.
It was not an inexpensive rally for us. Bob purchased a new braking system for the car and upgraded the coach with a preformance package. We won a door prize and got a new shower head that uses less water and makes greater pressure. Went to a class on cleaning the rig and bought a bunch of tools and microfiber stuff to wash & wax the rig without a ladder.
Our last night here the Boomer's came for a pot luck dinner. Most were here at the rally but a few came in for the dinner. We then went to the final nights drawing.