The Hester Family's 1st Year Adventures travel blog

We got up and joined every one for community breakfast (pancakes, eggs, toast, french toast, you name it). Duane and I then went and got out the cleaning supplies and washed the truck and got it ready for the show. Then, about 11:00 we got ready to make the annual video run. Terri Beeckman and I got volunteered to go to the entrance to the lodge and videotape all the trucks and vans as they came up and made the loop at the entrance to Mather Lodge. Then, we stopped back by the campsite to pick up a few last minute things. Then, we drove to the Auto Museum that is just outside Petit Jean State Park. The Midsouth Econoline group has been meeting there since 2003 (we've been going since 2006). This was the biggest turnout the show has ever had -- 19 first generation Econolines (1961-1967). We actually had 20 (one of the guys towed his 1st gen van with a 1972 2nd gen Econoline van. Weather was great for the lunch cookout and we had a lot of visitors stop by and look at the trucks and vans. For the first time since the event was inaugurated -- they had television coverage. The CBS affiliate from Little Rock, Arkansas, sent a reporter up to film a segment about the group. Duane was one of the guys that was interviewed for the spot. However, when the piece aired, Duane's piece was cut. Oh well -- at least a couple shots of his truck did made the piece.

We wrapped up the show about 3:00 and went back to camp. Everyone was pretty tired so we just sat around and talked about the show for awhile. Somehow, I got volunteered to make another banana pudding although we weren't having a community supper.

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