Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The 41st Nationals is now history. It was a huge success with over 650 vans from all over the country, and the world, attending. 
Here are a few of the pictures we were able to take. 
                      There were a lot of goodie bag donations.
The bags took several hours and a lot of help to put together
This is your host group!  What a motley crew
Head Quarters on opening day
And V O T R  printing event shirts
There were kids activities every day
The N.U.T.S. bus kept hauling people around all weekend. A big thank you to Vans On The Run.
The adult games were a hoot !

Porta johns being placed..Everyone needs a place to go.   LOL
Opening  ceremony!!  lets go!



Several shots of the green panel from Colorado.  more later

The public show was well attended on Saturday.  We opened it for the public and collected food for the food bank as admission
The bad news is that it rained EVERY DAY.   On wed. there was a bad storm with 80mph winds that took out nearly every tarp cover in the place. Tis was one of the lucky ones
Show field on Friday for judging.  141 vans competed for the awards
Wed. evening was the Nats Board meet and greet.  The free wieners went fast LOL 
Flying pigs. Need I say more?
Gathering for the opening ceremony 
This panel made National truck-in history.
Mothers was a major sponsor, and gave us tons of giveaways!
Jeff Cindy Lou Hyde won the Flying Eagle award and Best in Show with that beautiful panel truck.  The first ever panel Best of show and the first to win both awards

Every t-shirt from the 1st nats to the 40th!
Main gate prior to the Nats beginning
There was a swap meet for van stuff on Thursday.  this has been very popular of late.
      We collected for the local food bank. A truck load of food and $500.
There was a contest for the kids to collect can tabs. The winner Aidan, turned in 48.17 lbs.  Second place, Delancy, was 42.5 lbs   GREAT JOB!!   Here we are delivering 186 pounds of tabs to Ronald McDonald house..  That's over 223,000 cans of something....
There were 660 vans in attendance this year. 
Here is some food for thought.  The 39th Nats were held at these same grounds 2 years ago.  There were 614 vans at that Nats.  That was an increase in attendance over the last Ohio Nationals held in 2007.  Both were the first time in 30 years that there was an increase in attendance over previous Nats held in the same state.   Also the highest attendance recorded in the last 10 years. Also the only time the Nats has been at the same site only 2 years apart.  Seems like the Vanners like this site.  Next years Nationals will be back in New York.  See you all there!!

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