We are putting the finishing touches on our two opening events for 2019. The Tampa Supershow Rally, which is now sold old and the Quartzsite “Gathering in the Desert”. You may still have time to register for the Quartzsite event. Go to Klub Calendar and click on All Events. The rally begins on January 16th click on that date and it will bring up the details.
Do you have a trip to Newfoundland and the Maritimes on your Bucket List? If so have you checked out our upcoming Special Event Caravan – a great way to check that off the list would be to travel with your fellow Newmar members on a trip all planned out!
Dates are July 3-August 24, 2019. This fully escorted caravan led by Region 9 Canadian Directors, Dave & Joanne Killey, will cover the four most easterly provinces: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. You will experience spectacular scenery, historical sights, and great Canadian hospitality. You will be officially welcomed into Newfoundland at an official Screech-In Ceremony.
Included will be the Halifax International Tattoo Military Show, Ann of Green Gables show, Rising Tide dinner show, Cabot Trail, Glaze Bay Mine Tour, Snow Crab Processing Plant Tour, Northland Discovery boat tour, Bonne Bay boat tour, Gatheralls Whale and Puffin Tour, Viking Village, Twillingate, Bonavista, and cod fishing, plus more!
Great Food?? Of course! Lobster, crab and a Jiggs Dinner are on the menu for sure, and it wouldn’t be an NKK event without some pizza, an ice cream social and maybe an old fashion wiener roast.
This event is limited to 20 units. Reservations opened several weeks ago and at this time we still have several openings. To view details or to register click on Klub Calendar and then Newfoundland/Martitimes Caravan.
We also recently began booking the Alaskan caravan to be held from June 1-July 13, and it is now sold out! If you are interested in the event you can view the details by clicking on Klub Calendar and then Alaska Caravan. We do have a standby list for cancellations. To be added to the list please email the Klub office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 877-639-5572.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Rally
This is another great Bucket List event! This Annual Special Event will be October 9-13. Ted & Ruth Ann Hindes hosted this event in 2018 and will be the 2019 Hosts. This year we will experience the second half of the program including the ‘Special Shapes Rodeo’ where hundreds of special shaped balloons will launch in one mass ascension. We have reserved twenty-five sites. We will be parked together and start socializing that afternoon.
The sites have NO hookups. They are on a flat paved surface. One pump out is included. Extra pump outs and fresh water is available at an extra charge. You need to be sure your house batteries will support your coach throughout the night as generators may only be run from 6 am to 11 pm each day. Generator stacks are recommended.
The action starts at daylight each day with the ‘dawn patrol’ making several test flights to test wind conditions, speed and direction at various altitudes. Following these launches and as the dawn occurs each morning a balloon is honored to launch with the American Flag being flown below it while the National Anthem is played. Everyone receives a commemorative NKK Balloon Fiesta nice warm jacket to wear and be able to spot each other on the field. It can be a little brisk in Albuquerque in October.
With these formalities completed the mass ascensions begin. As many as 500 balloons will launch from the field in a matter of just a couple hours while you wander over the field among the balloons and get a very up-close view of all the activities and even help with launches or landings if you like! This is an amazing photo opportunity. OR you can just set in your favorite chair in front or your coach and watch balloons fly over you so close you feel like you could touch them. Additionally, the balloon pilots participate in competitions involving dropping sand bags or throwing rings over poles to win prizes.
Mid-day activities include a welcome brisket sandwich dinner and balloon pilot seminar to familiarize you with the field activities and balloon flying, three lunches at local restaurants including entry to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum with a thirty-minute presentation by a story teller.
Evening activities include balloon glows where the balloons are fired up after dark and while tethered. fireworks and laser shows. The last evening, we all go the Prairie Star Restaurant for a private dinner.
Reservations will begin Monday, February 4th, at 10:00 am eastern time on our website – again simply click on Klub Calendar and then Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (details will be added soon). This sold out extremely fast last year and we expect it to again this year.
And There is More For 2019!
We do anticipate repeating the Branson Christmas Rally in November and the Rally in the Keys in December. As details come together on these events we will update you in early spring. Besides these Special Events we have our local Regional, State/Provincial and Chapter Rally going on across the US and Canada. See the list of events under Klub Calendar and All Events.