Our fall events generally fall just before the big influx of folks looking at the gorgeous fall foliage in the Great Smokey Mountains. We chose Maggie Valley as out location this year with a campground backing up to a stream that provided the perfect location for relaxing. Those with campsites close to the stream could open their windows and hear it running during the night.
As the trailers filtered in, the energy began to rise. We welcomed many new members to the TCT family and were eager to get to know them.
Our Rally Master, Joy Taylor was a flurry of activity making sure that each person was welcomed and the event volunteers were handling the necessary tasks.
On Thursday evening, we shared the most amazing array of local cheese’s in a festive fall table scape at our Meet & Greet. The tantalizing flavors of a variety of artisan crafted local cheese filled the table. Ample amounts of smoked mozzarella, honey fig goat cheese, muenster, port wine, cheddar, and brie were beautifully arranged for the attendees. To accompany the cheese there was a variety of crackers and breads available.
Friday morning, many of the attendees ventured to Catalooche in Great Smokey Mountain National park to view the Elk herd or went out exploring the area. The afternoon found us around the creek for rousing games of life size Jenga and many other fun games. We all enjoyed a huge potluck dinner and then retired back to our campers. No not really, we enjoyed a wonderful s’mores bar at the fire next to the creek and more of the life size Jenga game by lantern light.
As the sun came up on Saturday morning, there was a scurry of cleaning to get done before the public arrived at 11am. We all took advantage of the $5.00 Pancake Breakfast offered by the Boy Scouts. It was their first fundraiser of this sort and they raiser over $600. Additionally they earned a cooking badge for their work with us.
At 11am their was a influx of visitors that continued throughout the day. Admission was $5.00 with all the funds going to the local The Kids in the Creak Program. With approximately 400 visitors, we raised just shy of $2,000 for them and are thrilled we could make such a great positive impact on the community.
We had an amazing BBQ Catered dinner from Silence of the Hamm followed by a dessert potluck. We would like to commend Gregg and Karla Perkins (owners of Silence of the Hamm) for donating the profits from the catering to the boy scout troup.
We handed out awards for Fan Favorite – (Larry and Cindy Harrington, 1960 Yellowstone) and for the Tin Can Challenge – Create a frame for your trailer tour sign – (Brent & Susie Walker)
Joy Taylor did a fantastic job and happily passed the torch to our 2015 Rally Master, Matt Whiteside’s. We are finalizing plans for this event and hope to have details posted in the next few weeks.
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