Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Samboree, 2011

The Oklahoma Good Sam Fall Samboree was held October 20-23, 2011. This year's venue was "Will Rogers Downs" in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Several of our chapter members arrived several days early to take part in the games and other events, which include competitive golf, horseshoes, washer toss, bean bag toss, Skip Bo, Hand & Foot, Chicken Foot, and sandbag baseball.

According to the Oklahoma State Director, Bettye & Edward Franz, more than 200 RV rigs registered for the Fall Samboree. 

While Susan and the others were playing games, Larry Keever, Frank Fowler, and I found our way to the Cherokee Casino and made our regular contribution to the Tribe's coffers. 

Below, several members of the Modern Wagoneers prepare for the opening ceremonies. 

Although Susan's vest sports colorful patches and pins,

it pales in comparison to a more seasoned participant.

The "Tulsa Tones Quartet" offered excellent evening entertainment,

while Good Sam RVers prove that you're never too old to dance!

Below, every chapter of the Oklahoma Good Sam's is represented by its own flag.  Our chapter, The Modern Wagoneers (2nd row, 2nd from left), was founded in March 1988.

Gary Tidball strikes a formal pose in front of the flag display.

Gary in his usual form . . . .

There are several good eating choices in Claremore. We recommend "Hammett House," 1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd., (918) 341-7333,  They serve traditional American dishes and fantastic pies.

For good Mexican food, try "Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant," 784 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.,  (918) 342-6845.  However, steer clear of "Pepper's Grill."  Bad food, bad service, and too costly!

The Route 66 Chapter of the Oklahoma Good Sam's have traditionally managed the ice cream giveaway at every Samboree for years; but this year, The Modern Wagoneers took over the official duty. 

The Modern Wagoneers were presented with a "Certificate of Appreciation" for their help with "Good Sam Day" at Camping World in Oklahoma City.

Bettye Franz (Oklahoma State Director) and Roy Scholl
(Assistant State Director), present Certificate of Appreciation
to Modern Wagoneers Vice-President, Bill Haivala.

Susan and Bill representing The Modern Wagoneers
in "Parade of Chapters."

Good Sam visiting with chapter members, Donna Keever
and Vickie Tidball.

Samborees attract vendors selling RV supplies and other items.  Below, Tim and Karen Sechrist display the custom tag made for their rig.

Claremore offers more than fast horses and stingy slots.  More importantly, it's the birthplace of "Oklahoma's Favorite Son," Will Rogers.  The following are a few photos of Will's childhood home . . . .

The above photo was taken at the site adjacent to the Rogers' home.
It is the location of the original "Will Rogers Airport," which
was dedicated after the famous "Around the World Flight"
by Will Rogers and Wiley Post.

All good things must come to an end.  So, when the Samboree was over, and while the men readied the coaches for departure, three old women sat waiting patiently . . . .

Vickie Tidball, Susan Magill, and Donna Keever.

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