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!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Time to hit the road.

The directions  to the Nationals. 
                 The Guernsey County fairgrounds sits just off the I-70 freeway. Just east of Cambridge Ohio. When you see this sign,   get off. Turn north.  Go to the stop sign  turn right,  The grounds are 1 mile on the left.

Monday, July 1, 2013


 One week from now, the vans will be arriving. We have nearly everything ready to go. Bibles are printed, trophies are finished, all the arrangements made.  We are ready to open the gates.      As mentioned before, we will be opening the gates at 9 am on Monday for early arrivals.  There is a extra camping fee for each early day. We have some activities planed for those days. All the bathrooms and showers will be open. The Nats. officially opens on Wed. at 10 am. so come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Truck-in with us.  
    We will have an emergency phone number at the grounds if some one needs to contact us for any reason.  Our security personnel will be answering it and can reach anyone that you may need to contact.  Call  610-850-1292.

      Here is the schedule of events for the 41st Nats. 


            10 AM      Opening Ceremony near front gate

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                           Headquarters opens under the grandstand

            11 AM      Come get your Goodie Bags and Vanner Scrip

            11 AM      T-shirt booth opens

                           N.U.T.S. bus starts its rounds

            1 PM       Family activities start Triskaidekaphobia arena

                           (Adult must accompany the child for all children’s activities)

                           How to Judge a van Class at the south end of the grandstand

            2 PM       Van Race under the pavilion (must be 18 or older to play)

            3 PM       Pick up Geocaching sheet at headquarters

            3 PM       Adult Vanner  Yahtzee under the pavilion         

            5:30 PM  Vanners Night In” starts under the pavilion

                               We are serving dinner. Pulled pork and slaw. Come join us.  its free till its              


7 PM       Casino stroll begins (Must be over 18 to play)

               Don’t forget to get your Vanner script at headquarters

8 PM       Headquarters closes

10 PM     Kids off of the midway

            11 PM     Casinos close and auction begins in the Triskaidekaphobia building

             Midnight  Nuts bus stops



            9 AM      Headquarters opens under the grandstand

            9–11AM  Swap meet under the pavilion

            10 AM     N.U.T.S. bus starts its rounds

  T-shirt booth opens

                          Geocaching continues, pick up sheet at headquarters

            10-2        Van wash by the Lady Warriors Hoopsters from the local high school  $5.00

            11 AM    Show and Shine Classification begins on the Show and Shine field

  Family activities (1 child and 1 adult for all children’s games)

  Technophobe (fear of speed) Hot Wheels Race

  Followed by Ova phobia Race (fear of eggs) Egg Relay           Race

                          All games will be played under the pavilion

            Noon       Show and Shine Classification ends

                          Geriatric Volleyball. Bring your lawn chair (5 people-team)

  in the Triskaidekaphobia arena hosted by Three Rivers Vans

            2 PM      Van Racing under the pavilion (must be over18 to play)

            3 PM      Adult Game Corn Hole(2 person team) under the pavilion

            6 PM      Vannin.com booth open for meet and greet

            8PM       Headquarters closes

            9-11PM   Teen Night at the dance in the Triskaidekaphobia arena

            9 PM      Band “Gryphons” on party stage behind vendors row

                          First band break – A special sneak preview of “Vannin”- the movie

                          Second band break+ – Game-“Bananas” (adults only game!!)

  After the band- Game – “Freeze Me” (adults only game!!)

            10 PM     Kids off the midway, Teens at dance until 11

            Midnight  Nuts bus stops




            8:30 AM  Line up for Show and Shine begins

            9 AM      Headquarters opens under the grandstand

                          Final classification begins on the show field

                          N.U.T.S. bus starts its rounds

            10 AM     Classification closes and judging begins.

                          You must be in line by 10 am, no late entries

            11 AM     Family Activities (1 child and 1 adult for all children’s games)

  Hydrophobia relay (fear of water) Water Relay

                          Followed by Neophobia (fear of anything new) Bean Bag Toss

                          These games will be on the van judging field

            Noon      Turn Geocaching sheets into headquarters


Friday Continued

            1 PM    Hydrophobia (fear of Water) Water Fall (adult game under the pavilion,

                         4- person team and you will get wet)

            2 PM     Van Racing under the pavilion (must be over18 to play)

            8 PM    Bright and Shine line up starts on the track

                         Headquarters closes

            8-10 PM Kids’ movie. Must be over 6 and accompanied by an adult) in the Triskaidekaphobia arena

            9 PM     Bright and shine judging begins

            9 PM     Band – ‘MR. BLOTTO’ on the Cabela’s stage

                         First band break - Men’s and Women’s Beer Chugs Contest      

10 PM    Kids off of the midway

Midnight? Mr. and Miss 41st Nationals



            Midnight  Nuts bus stops




            9 AM      Headquarters opens under the grandstand

            10 AM     Line up for Public show and shine gate closes at 10:45

            11-2PM  Public Van Show on Show and Shine Field “Peoples Choice Voting”

            10 AM    N.U.T.S. bus starts its rounds

            10 AM   Post Office arrives to do a special cancellation stamp for the Nationals

                         This will take place at headquarters till 2 PM.  Post Card with Postage $1.

11AM     Family Activities (1 child and 1 adult for all children’s games)

 Triskaidekaphobia Hunt (Scavenger hunt)

Noon    Hot Wheels races & Model Van Contest under the Grandstand

             Raffles are drawn and announced on radio. Posted in headquarters

            1 PM     Family Activities (1 Child and 1 adult for all children’s games)

 Nyctophobia (fear of the dark) blind obstacle course

1 PM    Turn in Triskaidekaphobia <<<<<<<<<

             Turn in your pop-tops.  The child who turns in the most by weight wins a

             $25.00 gift card

2 PM    Van Racing Finals (must be over18 to play)                              

3 PM     Slow Drags (last one to the finish line) in front of the grandstand

             Any raffle winnings not picked up will be redrawn 

4 PM     Burn Out Contest???? Grandstand

6 PM     C OF C and 42nd Nats Raffles

             Awards begin and headquarters closes


8-10 PM Kids movie (must be over 6 accompanied by an adult) in the Triskaidekaphobia arena

8:30 PM Band – ‘MR. BLOTTO’ all new show on the Cabela’s stage

10 PM    Kids off of the midway

Midnight  Nuts bus stops


Sunday             Time to pack-up and go home.  Please put your trash by the road

                        Thank you for attending the 41st National Truck-In!

Hope you had as much fun attending as we did hosting it.

See you next July 16-20 at the 42nd Van Nationals in Greenwich, New York

                         Drive safe and thank you for coming

            10 AM     Turn in all golf carts

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Simple requests for the Nationals.

Simple requests for the Nationals.

 Don’t bring fireworks or firearms

 Your dog must be on a leash and the leash must be attached to someone or something.
Please pick up after you pets.

Adults will be allowed to ride bikes on grounds. You will be responsible for any damages and must have lights for after dark.. no skateboards please

 Don’t forget to bring canned goods for the local Food Bank.

 Do come ready to have fun.  We have been working hard getting ready for you.

See you all soon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Early Arrivals

Just a note that you can't arrive before Monday, the 8th.
There is another event going on at the grounds from July 4th through Sunday, the 7th,

Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Today is the last day to pre enter. If you haven't done it by now,  you won't.  We have received over 300 pre entries.  More than we've had in years. It is shaping up to be another great National Truck-in! 
       The preparations are nearing completion.  The schedule of events is being finalized and will be posted here soon. You will be able to see what is going to happen before you arrive. 
      We have made arrangements with the local high school GIRLS basketball team to do a van wash on Thursday from 10:30 till at least 2 pm. all proceeds going to support their school team. They will also be helping us recycle aluminum by putting out special receptacles for the cans.  Please help to separate them so we won't destroy the planet.  
       The bands are all set and will perform nightly, Thurs. thru Sat.  We will  be feeding you pulled pork dinner Wed. evening, starting at 5:30. and it will be on us. Don't miss it!  For you early birds, Ultimate Express Van Club of Michigan will be having a fish fry on Tuesday, starting at 6 pm. till they run out of fish.  They tell us they are bringing a river of fish so they can feed everyone? We will see.  LOL.  Also a free meal!  You shouldn't go hungry, at least till Friday. 
      The Fair Board has been busy adding more power to much of the flat ground, that was without last time so you should find it easier to get electric and water.
      We have had a lot of questions as to when we would be allowed to start entering the grounds.  Monday is when we plan to start letting people in.   There will be an  extra charge for each days extra camping. $10 per day per van and $10 per day for camping trailer.
    We will be having a bus traversing the grounds in a regular route and schedule, to take you to and from your camp.  There will be 13 stops strategically placed around the grounds,  making it easy to get around.  It will run from 10 am till after midnight Wed. thru Sat night.
     We will also be running ice delivery following the same route as the bus to bring the Ice to you. We will be selling a large and small bag for your convenience.
       We will have a low watt FM radio station working during the Nationals. It will be playing music and making announcements all weekend. Bring your FM radios, boom boxes. or any radio so you can hear everything happening at this years National truck-in. 
    The U.S. Post Office has produced a special cancelation stamp commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1st nationals. we will be offering a special post card that you can send with this special stamp on it, SATURDAY ONLY, for the ridiculously low price of one dollar! Including the postage. Send them to all your friends or even your self.  
      We will be posting more updates and the event schedule in the coming days, so keep an eye on our site.  Hope to see you there!.         

Monday, May 6, 2013

         Hello all!  The preparations for this years Nats are coming along nicely. Things are piling up and its looking like its going to be another great time for everyone. The bands are all booked and the schedule of activities is almost complete, 
             We will be reaching our first deadline this weekend .  If you wish to pre-enter and receive one of our special T-shirts you have till the 13th of May to get it in the mail. We will honor any entry postmarked by then.This isn't the final pre-entry deadline. You have till the 13th of June to pre-enter, you just wont get the free shirt.
     Our group is working hard to get this all together for you.  It will be here before you know it! Keep checking here for any last minute updates.  we will be posting a lot more as it gets closer.  Keep on Vannin' ,and Be Safe! 


Thursday, January 24, 2013


   Seems there are some who are having problems finding info on our blog. So here are some quick pointers.
        Most pertinent info is in the flyer. You'll find the flyer down the page on the left side. If it is to small to read, click on the image and it will expand to full screen. You can also blow it up bigger if you wish. Information not available at the time we printed the flyer, will be added periodically here on the left side in a new post. Questions that we are asked repeatedly will be posted in the FAQ section on the right side of the blog and contact info is also listed in the right hand column. 
     The top of the right column is a pages section. Directions, trophy sponsorship, bible adds, porta john rental etc. are listed there. Click on the page you want to see and it will open on the left side. Click the back button, and the regular post will return. Down the column is other info mostly activities scheduled during the event. The pages column has pre entry info. There is a printable pre-reg form. If you wish to pre enter, print it out and send it to the address listed there. When your pre-entry is received,it will be listed on that page.  When the Nats gets closer you will receive a comfirmation to use at the gate to get in quickly.   
     You can ask questions, make constructive suggestions ,or comments, 2 ways. At the bottom of each post, on the left side there is a place for comments. Click on it and you can leave a question or comment that will be seen by anyone who wishes to read the comment section. We will post an answer or response there also, where everyone will see it. At the bottom of the right column you will find contact info for the Nats Board & event chairpersons.  You can send a question or comment there and it will be private. Some one will get a response back to you as soon as we can. 
      As the posts pile up they will expand to multiple pages. You can find the older posts at the bottom by clicking on the "older posts" icon.
         Even tho we have been working on this for nearly a year, the 41st Nats is not finished and in the can. We are way ahead of where we thought we would be but, are still working on a lot of large and small details. Every day someone comes up with a new idea for making this event even more fun. Our members are working hard and enjoying all the preparations. That's how we know this will be a fun event for everyone.
       We will be available at the upcoming council meeting. If you are attending  stop by and see us.  Thanks...  your Nationals Board

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


       With the new year comes a building excitement for the next National Truck-in.  We have been working behind the scenes, nailing down all the boring stuff. You know, contracts  with suppliers and services. Most everything is in place at this point.  Our entertainment committee has finalized the entertainment for the Nats and I will have details on what may be the best music and stage show yet .  We are still looking for clubs that want to host a casino game in their camp for wed. night.  This should be a lot of fun.  Something different and it is designed  to get you out to socialize with the other vanners.

    You may have noticed on the flyer that we will be operating a low watt radio station during the entire event. We are using this as an inprovement on the  public address system.  When you are in your camp it is hard to hear speakers on poles especially if you are listening to music in your  camp  or the camp next to you.
     We will be playing classic rock music and taking requests 24hrs  a day  from Monday till sat night.   Our announcers will be making announcements over the radio as well as playing tunes & keeping you informed of everything going on at the Nationals.  We are also working on a simulcast of the stage shows, so you won't miss anything , SO...
bring your boom boxes, radios, home stereos and of course your van sound systems and keep them on 104.1 FM , WVAN RADIO!

     Also  we now have the details for anyone wishing to rent a private porta pot for the week.  We have negotiated with the same man that did the johns for the 39th. He did an excellent job of maintaining them and was prompt and reliable.  He has given us a very reasonable price of $100 per unit for the week
starting Monday of Nats week. This includes daily cleaning and stocking. If you wish to acquire one of these units please get your reservations in early.  We must know a final count by the first of June. Check the pages column on the right for details!