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YOUR FIRST VAN EVENT ?
#210159 June 13th 2008 9:59 am
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LET'S ASSUME THAT you have never attended a van event before,
and have just now found our source for vanning here at vanning.com. You just purchased a van yourself , and after reading the posts , think that you would like to go to a van event and check it out. What would it be like ?

Here is a very brief idea of what it might seem like to you.. for this example I use information from my most recent van event, PROVANITY 28, which was held last weekend in Weedsport NY... It takes place at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, which is easily accessed from the NY Thruway.
You arrive at the gate and are greeted warmly by some of the members of the host club. You will have to pay here, the fee for gate entry is usually around $40.00. You will discover that this indeed is a bargain as it allows you to camp there all weekend, enjoy the games and bands, visit the vendors, and most importantly meet other vanners who will be pleased to see you and guide you thru the event..You will receive a dash plaque (a colorful business card sized replica of the event logo) , an event schedule to advise you of what and where and when different things take place....Find a parking spot that you like and if you need to plug in anything like patio lights you may be lucky enought to find a outlet nearby..These are a first come- first served item and may not be available at the site you choose....

After you park you may want to start walking around a little and start to meet some of the vanners. Don't be shy, vanners as a group are very friendly and you only have to introduce yourself to a few of them... You will soon meet many more! From the time you arrive there will be activities going on...Each night there will be a live band playing, and even if you find that there are not that many people at the band itself, rest assured that there are many more folks enjoying the music from other areas. Some will be "hanging out" at the food vendor, or looking at items and services that the other vendors have available..At the club booth you will be able to buy ice, raffle tickets, and event souveniers. Every event that you attend will have a theme... This particular time it is "A Star Spangled Truck-in" and this will explain the many flags and patriotic displays you have notices as you walk around....Many of the vanners belong to a club similar to the one that is hosting this event.. that is : Salt City Vans, a well known van club from the Syracuse area...and as the number 28 indicates, they have been holding these events for many years....Sometimes these events are called Truck-ins.. (In the early days many vanners referred to their vehicles as trucks) although most now prefer the real name- VANS.. others will refer to these events as eVANts, van jams, runs, or rallies, it's all the same thing........

All weekend long you can watch or participate in many games that are held both in the adult and childrens catagory... You will want to take a long time ( and perhaps many photos) at the van show which is held in the show area as noted on your event schedule...As dusk arrives they will line up again for the night light show- something that can be a very colorful display, and these shows may very well get you thinking about how you can "Trick-out" your own van...

But before you know it the weekend will be over... Sunday morning will see the vanners packing up their gear, loading the vans, and after the morning awards ceremony is over, and you have enjoyed the free coffee and donuts provided by the host clubs, you can shake hands with some of your new-found vanner friends and prepare to leave.. Don't forget to take those flyers you have picked up over the weekend because you will find many of the same people in a few weeks at another location ..... And you will soon be able to refer to yourself as not just a van-owner, but a "Vanner"......

TIETIS..(Truck it easy-truck -it safe)


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Knighty #210162 June 13th 2008 10:16 am
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AND THIS.... Kudos to Salt City Vans for hosting yet another PROVANITY...a very fine time as usual....The extreme heat caused many vanners to hang out at their sites where a few had pools ......As the evening came and gave respite from the heat, many vanners continued to stay in their site/pools....As a result it seemed that many people failed to go down to the band..But rest assured, a lot of people, especially older ones like us, enjoyed the music from a little ways away....(food booth- White House)
You may find this hard to believe, but in the "old" days when lucy and I were much younger, we would camp out in front of the band every night, and not leave until the band packed it in.....This is TRUE !


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Knighty #210172 June 13th 2008 12:26 pm
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Very good write-up Knighty! Can I post links of this article on other sites? It's a great way to explain to newbies what Van-runs are.


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Re: YOUR FIRST VAN EVENT ?
Mat Mobile #210177 June 13th 2008 1:44 pm
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I agree... great write up Knighty.. I have copied and pasted it and sent it to a few friends at work... its ALOT easier then ME trying to explain it... hope ya don't mind Knighty...


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Re: YOUR FIRST VAN EVENT ?
Snotty #210178 June 13th 2008 1:49 pm
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I said it elsewhere, but I love this write-up! Plus I was too embarrassed to ask what "TIETIS" was lol

Thanx, Knighty!

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Re: YOUR FIRST VAN EVENT ?
sasktrini #210209 June 13th 2008 6:30 pm
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Very good write up. I've only been to two eVants so far and they fit this description perfectly.


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matchstickBGV #210262 June 14th 2008 8:29 am
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Yes, it is a great write-up on explaining a van run to people.
People just dont get it.


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dan #210302 June 14th 2008 3:31 pm
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Great article Knighty!


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Re: YOUR FIRST VAN EVENT ?
NateB #210640 June 16th 2008 5:41 pm
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Very well put Knighty.


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