“Sweet Times to Sugarcreek” 2012

Rendezvous at Danbury Rest Area

When Richard and I were at the 45th Swiss Festival National Rally in 2007 we knew that we would be back for the 5oth celebration.  So last year we started planning a caravan to the Swiss Festival in 2012.  Thanks to Ray Richard our caravan had a name “Sweet Times to Sugarcreek”.

There were several places to rendevzous but it was decided to rendezvous at the Danbury rest area:  a favorite stop of ours to begin some of our caravans.  We arrived at the rest area on Friday night and the next morning after a breakfast of coffee and Dunkin Donuts we were on our way.  At one of the rest areas along I-84 Bob & Ruth Scott would join up with our caravan.

Our first stop for Saturday night would be the Indian Head Campground in Bloomsburg, Pa.   We were only spending one night here and it was a pretty good campground with pull through sites, electric, water and sewer.  Not really a destination campground, but a good one if you are on your way by.

Hamburger & Hot Dog BBQ at Penn Wood

Heading to our next destination Ray and Cynthia Richard had a tire blow out on their truck, but several of the caravanners who had been traveling along with them change the tire.  They had called Good Sam but they never showed up.
Our second stop would be at Penn Wood Airstream Park which is another favorite place of ours to stop with our caravans.  While camping at  Penn Wood we visited the bwp bat factory.  They make baseball bats for minor league teams, some major league baseball players, little league, etc.  We were taken on a tour of the factory.  Richard and I bought a bat and had it inscribed with the Region 1 Rally information on it.  This will be in the raffle at the Region 1 Rally in Berlin, CT.  We enjoyed several relaxing days at Penn Wood along with happy hours and our hamburger and hot dog BBQ.  Penn Wood is a great Airstream Park to stay in.

Some of the Dickens Figures

Soon we were on the road again and heading towards Spring Valley Campground in Cambridge, Ohio.  One of our stops here was a tour of the Dickens Victorian Village.  We toured the facility where they create the Dickens Village figures which they place on the Main Street of Cambridge, Ohio.  It is an all volunteer effort from making the figures, collecting donated clothing to use on the figures, sculpting the heads for the figures and then placing them along the Main Street in Cambridge.  It was a fascinating tour and everyone wanted to come back in the winter to see the figures as they are placed along Main Street.


Lining up to go to Sugarcreek.

On September 21st we headed out to the Swiss Festival Rally in Sugarcreek, OH.  This would be a 50 miles drive to Winklepleck Grove where the rally is held.  Everyone had a fun time on the caravan and truly enjoyed the 50th Swiss Festival National Rally.

The Caravan arrives at Winklepleck Grove.




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