Sunday, July 31, 2011

We have sorted through the leftovers and put most away. There are a lot of shirts left. Some pre-reg shirts,and show shirts that didn't get picked up. We have the addresses of the pre entry shirts that we still have, and will endevor to send them out. .. We pretty much ran out of event shirts on Sat. There were a few bigger sizes left but most were gone.. Our members didnt even get shirts, so we are going to print more.. If you are interested in getting a 39th Nationals shirt let us know. Email us at shirts are 15 bucks and we'll pay the postage.
None of us were able to take pictures, so I didn't have a lot to put up but we have recieved some links from other vanners. Here is one to try.
more to come

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

THANK YOU VANNERS!.. THE 39TH NATS. WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. we are still trying to recoup, and get our energy back. Over the next few weeks we will be posting some final info on the NATS and passing along some fun stories of the entire week.

The final count was 614 vans through the gate. The significance of that is for the first time ever, the Nats attendance was larger that the previous time it was in the same state. Also if you average the last 3 years attendance, it was a 30% increase in attendance. not to bad concidering the economy and gas prices. The last time Ohio had the Nats, gas was about $1.75. So way to go Vanners!

And yes, the pig did actually fly... more on that later!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

This will be the last post till the Nat's. Please remember to bring a food donation for the local food bank. We will have a lot of fun poking fun at the economic times, but there are people far worse off than us and we want to contribute to help them. A non perishable food item will be collected from each entry, for the local food bank. We thank you for this.
We have finalized the pre entries , 289. the vendor area is full, and we will be going to the grounds in a couple days to begin setting things up. We will begin letting Vanners on the grounds on Monday the 11th at 9:00am. Come join us for what promises to be a great time . Keep on Vannin' & LET THE PIGS FLY!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Its nearly time! We have almost reached 300 pre-entries. Our vendor area is full. Final details are being worked out. News! The drag races have been changed. Not by us, but by the track. There will be a caravan to the track leaving at 4:00 Gate opens at 5pm trials at 5:30 ,and eliminations at 7:30.. We have sent the bibles to the printer and here is the final schedule of events for the Nats.

12:00 Noon Gates open
1:00 P.M. Stock exchange opens
1:00 P.M. T-shirt booth opens
2:00 P.M. Kids actives open in the kids
3:00 P.M. Shovel shuffle game
you know, one guy works the
shovel while the rest watch!
At the hobo shelter
3:00 P.M. Geo cache poker rally starts.
This is kind of a hide and seek
using your GPS. Pick up your
game sheets and rules at the stock
exchange. The idea is to
accumulate the best poker hand.
You have till fri noon to finish.
4:00 P.M. Pull out for the drag races –
we leave on time!
5:00 P.M. Soup line opens – Runs till the soup
is gone
7:00 P.M. S.O.V.C. Festivities. Your
8:00 P.M. Forever Young : Accoustic sounds
@ the hobo ampitheatre.
9:30 The fun continues with
SabbOzzPriest.. HEAVY!
Midnight Corn Hole tournament


9:00 A.M. Swap Meet. If you have any van stuff to
sell or trade. Bring them out. Set up around
the Hobo shelter..

10:00 A.M. Show & Shine classification begins.
In the Dust Bowl . If you want to enter your van you must get classified. If you have been judged and classified in previous years, all you need to bring is your Nationals class card as long as you haven't added any body changes. Otherwise you need to bring your van to the dust bowl. Classification closes at noon.

*Door prize tickets will be drawn every few
hours and announced over P.A.
*Are you trading your stocks??
*Geo Cache continues – forms available at
stock exchange building

12:00 Noon Geriatric Volley ball - Bring your lawn
chairs. Your gonna sit through this one.
In the Hobo arena
Noon Judging classification closes.

2:00 P.M. Nats board meeting-- Open Meeting portion
to start @ 2 pm, end @ 3:00 pm

3:00 P.M. Bootlegger Bowling- in the Hobo arena
@ 3:00 or immediately after volleyball

6:00 P.M. board meet & greet –
free beer / free hot dogs on the grill
– till it's all gone.

7:00 P.M. S.O.V.C. Another open invite for fun
At their camp.

8:00 – 11:00 Teen Night – kids building – drinks and
munchies – this is chaperoned – kids
will be escorted to their camp @ 11:00.

9:00 P.M. Electric Mudd--- more great tunes at
the Hobo Camp.

10:00 P.M. Curfew for all kids not at the teen night

11:00 PM Stock exchange closes

12: 00 AM Main Gate Closes For the night..
reopens at 8 AM

12:00 Midnight games.....Rock Paper Scissors
Midnight Tournament This one is so simple any-
one can do it with their eyes shut!!


9:00 A.M. Show & Shine line up for street classes.
See the show & shine rules on page

10:00 A.M. Judging starts, lines close – no vans will be admitted
after judging begins.

12:00 Noon Piston toss in the dust bowl

2:00 P.M. Horse shoes tournament.. 2 man teams
In the dust bowl....

4:00 P.M. Burn out contest Contestants on the track in
front of the grandstand.

7:00 P.M. S.O.V.C. Another invite for social fun!

8:00 P.M. Brite & Shine line up starts

8:00 P.M. Kids – Movie Night.. in the kids building

9:00 P.M. Hey You – Grand Stand A sight and sound
spectacular. Don't miss it

10:00 P.M. Kid curfew, all kids need to be in their camp

12:00 Midnight Midnight Games
in the Hobo shelter

Midnight Band – The Kokosing River Surf Club.. Classic
rock from the 60s & 70s.
In the Hobo arena


9:00 A.M. Show & Shine line up
Mild / Full custom classes and Panels / Tandems
/ Radicals & Minis,any not judged Friday

10:30 A.M. Geo Cache Poker - turn in sheet to draw your
poker hand – Goes till Noon. .At the show&
shine tent..Dust bowl.

12:00 Noon Hot Wheel Show / Model Show
Judging begins . In the stock exchange

1:00 P.M. Hot Wheel races begin .in the Stock exchange

12:00 Noon Kids activities begin
Kids choice for show.

2:00 P.M. Bucket Brigade 3 man teams ,in the dust bowl
weather permitting.

3:00 P.M. Slow Drags - On the track in front of the
grandstand. Line up just as you would for a drag
race but the idea is to be the last across the line.
Up to 5 people in the van. Only 4 tires touching
the ground once the race starts, no opening the
hood. must have working brake lights

6:00 P.M. Award ceremony - Hobo Arena..

7:00 P.M. S.O.V.C. One last visit

8:00 P.M. Raffle drawings – After trophies / before band

9:00 P.M. Jake and Elwood And The Soul Men Rhythm
and Blues Review---- In the grandstand

10:00 P.M. Kids curfew

12:00 am Midnight games- what ever we can come up
This is the basic schedule. There are more details to come, once you get there. To recap . we will be opening the gates for early arrivals on Monday morning. We CAN NOT let anyone in before then. We will have a staging area for you to park in before that, if you get there Sunday but you'll have to camp in that area only. There are facilities there (water ,Bathrooms) but please don"t come before that expecting to go in and set up camp. We are ready for you and are working hard to make this your best National Truck-in experience yet!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pre registration is finished

The deadline for pre-registration has passed. We have posted a final list , and the confirmation cards will be mailed this coming Monday. For those of you who didn't make the deadline, you can still enter at the gate. The Nationals will be here before you lnow it. Hope you can make it!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The deadline for pre- entry, bible ads, and trophy sponsorship is here. We are sending out a post card mailer to a lot of vanners for a last minute push to get as many of you as possible, to this years Nats. For those of you who have recieved this mailer you can still pre-register till the 10th of JUNE. That's 1 month before the vans start arriving. We have ended the free t-shirt with pre- entering, but you can still save a little more cash if you get your pre-reg in by the 10th.

There are a lot of things happening you may not be aware of. We will be visited this year by represenatives of HOT ROD and TRUCK'IN magazines. They are showing a renewed interest in vans. A good turnout could further their interest in covering vans and van events. The more vans at the Nats, the more chances we will once again see our favorite vehicles in print.

Some of the activities we have planned include a night at the drag races. Wednesday evening we will have a caravan to National Trail Raceway and drags for the vans has been arranged by Virtual Vanner. On Friday we will have a burn out contest for you motor head types -- always a crowd pleaser. So be prepared to Smoke'em. On Saturday afternoon we are having an activity stolen from the street rodders. The SLOW DRAGS is run just like regular drag races, but the idea is to be the LAST across the line. It's a lot of fun.
We will be posting a copy of the schedule of events soon, so keep a watch.

We also will be running a shuttle around the grounds for transporting Vanners from your camp to the vendor and band areas. The Guernsey County fairgrounds is a large facility.

Walking all that way will be taxing for some of you, so we hope this will help you get around. The shuttle and tractor is being supplied by the Lashley Tractor Sales. They are giving us the use of a tractor for the week, free of charge. Please let them know that you appreciate the guesture, especially if you use it through-out the event. The shuttle is intended for transportation. We will be limiting how long you can stay on the bus, so everyone will have a chance to use it. When you get to where you want to go, hop off and let others ride.

We are having concert style entertainment on Friday & Saturday evenings. This is somthing different than your normal fair, but promises to be intertaining. We will also have the normal line up of music. There will be a band Wednesday evening, and another band on Friday evening. Both playing under the stars (weather permiting). A third band will play Friday evening after the concert, inside, till the wee hours, for you more hearty types.

So stay tuned for more updates. The Nats will be here before we know it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spring Back Is now over for another year. It's now the count down to the 39th National Truck-in. Spring Back was a success with over 100 vans attending, even with wet and cold weather.(so whats new!). We are excited about this years Nats. We have a lot of surprises in store for all you vanners. The pre-entries are starting to come at a fever pitch. We are approaching 200 as I write this.
Our objective is to give you the best time you've ever had at a Nationals. Most of the plans have been finalized. the deadline for the event bible is approaching. If your club or business wants to get an ad in the book, now is the time to send it in. We will be updating this blog on a regular basis, right up till the Nats begins, so stay tuned. We've had several inquiries about the size and layout of the grounds so, here are some pictures of the grounds
This area in the center, around the restroom building ,is where all the vendors will be set up.

along the far treeline is aprox 100 full camping hook-ups. and the area in front of that is full of water and electric.