Tiffin Fall Foliage Rally
Lewisburg, West Virginia
By Sally Moore
Cool but sunny skies welcomed 316 Tiffin Motorhomes to the State Fair of West Virginia in late October for our fall foliage rally. Coaches arrived as much as a week early in order to enjoy the beautiful, rolling hills of Greenbrier County. Several took advantage of the opportunity to spend the day on the Cass Railroad with a tour to the top of Bald Knob Mountain. The leaves were just beginning to show their gorgeous colors for fall and the open-air train cars were perfect for photos. Many others enjoyed spending time at the famous Greenbrier Resort and participating in the historical Bunker Tour. Anytime you participate in a Tiffin rally, you are encouraged to arrive in the area early or stay after the rally to enjoy the sights. Once the rally begins, everyone is busy with rally activities so sightseeing is best planned for pre or post rally!
Smiles were frequent as our team of volunteers greeted each coach and assisted them in parking their rig. The rally kicked off on Monday evening with announcements by Kelly Moore and welcoming comments by Bob Tiffin, founder of Tiffin Motorhomes. After a delicious meal catered by Blue Ribbon Catering, everyone enjoyed getting to know their neighbors and making new friends. Door prize drawings were held to distribute Tiffin bags, blankets, gift cards and much more!
Everyone enjoyed a touching tribute to all the veterans in attendance. The flag of each branch of the US military was presented. Veterans stood as their flag was displayed and their anthem played. First responders were also acknowledged. The salute ended with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. Everyone had been given small American flags which they proudly waved as they stood to their feet. Thank you, veterans! We are privileged to honor you in any way we can! Our freedom to assemble at events such as this is due to your sacrifice!
After the veteran’s tribute, everyone enjoyed a few games of TIFFIN Bingo! We call out “ALLEGRO” instead of Bingo!
Rainy weather skies greeted us on Tuesday morning, but the fairgrounds came to the rescue with gravel where needed and the good times continued to roll!
Our cheerful, hardworking volunteers helped shuttle the guests between their coaches and the buildings as quickly as possible.
Seminars were held each morning during the rally with great attendance and participation. We appreciate the suppliers of Tiffin components taking time away from their busy schedules to attend our rallies to present informative seminars on their product. We wish they could be with us throughout the rally so their classes could be repeated, but their schedules do not allow this.
An ice cream social was enjoyed by everyone on Tuesday afternoon, sponsored by Girard Awnings, along with a meet and greet session with several Tiffin chapters. All chapters were invited to participate and many recruited new members during the rally.
With Halloween fast approaching, we planned a Jack O’Lantern decorating contest for this rally. Amazingly talented people participated and all rally folks enjoyed voting on their favorite! The winners of the three categories were: Scariest Pumpkin: Sherrel Bunn, Wilmington NC
Best Camping/RV Pumpkin: Bob & Joanne Brown, Cape Coral FL
Most Unique Pumpkin: Jerry & Shirley Kirkessner, Camp Hill PA
Thanks to everyone to participated and made our stage so festive!
Tuesday night was off to a great start with the announcement of the first Tiffin coach sold during the rally by Colton RV! After another delicious buffet and even more Tiffin door prizes, rally guests were treated to a great show by Tiffin’s sweetheart, Sarah Getto. Sarah is from Norman, OK and has entertained at several Tiffin rallies. We always enjoy having Sarah perform and she is an inspiration to everyone!
The rainy skies began to lighten on Wednesday and everyone enjoyed being out making new friends with other Tiffin owners. The Tiffin and Colton service technicians were hard at work making up time lost due to the inclement weather Tuesday. These technicians are so appreciated at our Tiffin rallies! They work daily from early morning to late evening to insure they can visit every coach. Occasionally they do not have the required part, but they are usually able to assist everyone with minor service problems that occur. They visited the 316 coaches at the rally to help owners in any way possible. Our hats are off to these talented individuals!
On Wednesday, the entire group was treated to an informative presentation by Andy Baer, Tiffin Motorhomes’ General Manager and Cullen Akin, Marketing Director reviewing “What’s Happening in Red Bay”. They covered highlights of the improvements and changes both to coaches and the facilities.
Wednesday night was an evening of fun with Stephen Freeman and his Echoes of a Legend tribute to Elvis. Stephen has been named one of the top ten Elvis tribute artists in the world at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis. It was a great show and the audience loved his crowd participation!
Thursday was a beautiful day – crisp and cool! There were more seminars by presenters such as Power Glide chassis, Allison transmission, Cummins and many others. The foliage changed rapidly during the week of the rally to reach its peak just as the rally was ending and everyone was able to enjoy the rich colors on their drive to their next destination. A popular activity after lunch was the swap meet/craft show by owners. A wide variety of items was available. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! More ice cream followed the swap meet!
Thursday night, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal of honey glazed Virginia ham and all the trimmings. Hat’s off to a great catering team, Angela Boyles and Blue Ribbon Catering! More door prizes were awarded including $100 fuel cards, more Tiffin swag, and 50% discounts on 2020 rallies. The night was capped by a great show by Still Surfin’ with a tribute to the Beach Boys. Thanks for a great show and great memories!
A special thanks to Bob and Judy Tiffin for attending the rally along with many others from our Team Tiffin! We appreciate your support of the Tiffin Allegro Club and our rallies! Until next time, Keep Roughing It Smoothly!