Saturday, June 13, 2015

RACE to OZ to support Autism Awareness!

This is just one of the things happening at the Wizard of Oz Festival next weekend!

Members of Tin Can Tourists and Sisters on the Fly are joining to display vintage travel trailers during the Ionia, Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival.

Tin Can Tourists is a trailer organization originally formed in 1919. The group's stated objective was "to unite fraternally all autocampers". Their guiding principles were clean camps, friendliness among campers, decent behavior and to secure plenty of clean, wholesome entertainment for those in camp. By the mid 1980s, the organization was no longer around, in any form. In 1998, Forrest and Jeri Bone renewed the club as an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. The renewal gathering was held at camp Dearborn, Milford, Michigan. Twenty-one rigs attended the May Renewal Gathering. By the end of the year, fifty member were accepted as charter members of the renewed version of the Tin Can tourists. The group has grown steadily, currently holding Annual Gatherings in Michigan and Florida, and regional rallies at various locations around the United States. Recently Regional Representatives were added to represent England, Japan and France. The new version of Tin Can Tourists is open to all. Its goal is to abide by the original group's objectives and guiding principles as well as the promotion and preservation of vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange.
Sisters on the Fly is the larges women's outdoor adventure group in the United States. Formed in 1999 by real life Sisters Maurrie and Becky, it has grown to membership numbers of over 6000 women. While various books, television shows and newspaper/magazine articles focus on the highly customized trailers many of the women have, one does not need to have a trailer to join. Sisters on the Fly is about encouraging women to step outside their comfort zone, to try new things, and enjoy the outdoors. In May, 2015 the group kicked off their largest, and longest, event to date. Starting on May 12th in Chicago, Illinois, over 300 women took part in a great Route 66 caravan. 27 women did the entire route from start to finish. The rest of the women took part in various stops along the way.
Both organizations are looking forward to introducing their trailers, and their way of enjoying the outdoors, to the attendees of the Ionia Wizard of Oz Festival.
More information about Tin Can Tourists can be found
More information about Sisters on the Fly can be found

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