Winnebago Grand National Rally (GNR)

IMG_0865 We just finished 10 days at the Winnebago GNR. We got here early, the actual rally started on the 16th and lasted only 5 days, but they had something scheduled everyday from the 7th of July on. The theme of the Rally was Out Of This World. It was the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. It also coincided with the annual Puckerbrush Festival. Puckerbrush was the name of the city before it was changed to Forest City. Our house is the first one on the left. 100_2607   The blue on the corners of the bedroom slide out is cut from a swimming noodle. It’s there to protect me from bumping my head…again! We’re also happy we had our bikes this time, we rode them everywhere.   100_2609   Approximately 1100 motor homes were here. 100_2610   This is an aerial photo of the Winnebago grounds before the Rally started. The buildings at the top are the Winnebago factory. WIT GNR     We took a two hour tour (not a three hour tour) of the factory. It was great. We learned so much about the Winnebago manufacturing process. One process that stands out for me was The Water Jet Cutter, using water to cut many kinds of materials. It uses only three gallons of water a day. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were filled with seminars. There was something scheduled from 6:15 AM  until 6 PM. Starting with exercising at dawn! (needless to say I didn’t make the 6:15 class…E) They also had team and individual competitions. This competition is who can back up through a course-blind folded the fastest.  The driver is blind folded and their wife gives them instructions on how to back up through the course. No knocking down cones or people. IMG_0889   The husband and wife team that won took only 39 seconds.  (needless to say we’re not quite there yet either…E) IMG_0890 Saturday was the Puckerbrush Parade. 100_2620 They served a bar-b-que chicken dinner after the parade. It was strange that I could walk down the streets of Forest City, IA and wave to people that I knew. 100_2621   The paraders would throw candy for the kids. Later there was a 3M float that was throwing 3M sponges. The adults were scrambling for those.   100_2622   No parade would be complete without the Shriners. 100_2640


There were three girls the two on the right and one more. They were grabbing as much candy as they could and passing it back to a fourth girl who was bagging it for everybody!


100_2638   In keeping with the Out Of This World theme. 100_2636   Breast Cancer travel trailer. 100_2634 Motor homes were parked many different ways. We were parked in the 50 amp area. Cost a little more, but we had 50 amps and could run anything in the motor home without blowing a circuit breaker. Others were parked in state rows. Containing rigs from just their state. One afternoon was dedicated to row parties. Each state was giving out food and drink (spirits)! A lot of drinks.  Who knew, these old-timers know how to party! IMG_0877 IMG_0876 IMG_0875 IMG_0873 IMG_0878     IMG_0879 IMG_0880 IMG_0881 That was supposed to be lemonade and turned out to be almost straight  Jack Daniels.  Oh well, I finished it anyway.   IMG_0874 IMG_0882   IMG_0884   We also had entertainment every day and night.  These are two school teachers comedy act from Minnasooota!   100_2618 The last night was Jefferson Starship, minus Grace Slick.  She thought she was too old to tour anymore!  She might be right, but it was a fun night. 100_2644 100_2645 We also made some new friends. IMG_0887-1 Now we’re on the road for the second day heading east to Eileen’s brother and family in NY. After that we’ll be on our way to the Federico Family Picnic!

One thought on “Winnebago Grand National Rally (GNR)

  1. Gene, you like to drink? Who knew! I like the fact that you were able ride your bikes and that you made new friends. Nice. I’m glad you had such a nice time. Happy trails friends. Ariel

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