Registration is open for the 2018 PineKnot Rally that will be held at Salmon Lake Park, 357 Salmon Lake Road, in Grapeland, Texas from Wednesday, 24 October thru Sunday, 28 October 2018. You are more than welcome to arrive early. Although, be aware that there may be another group from the previous weekend using the Sunshine Inn. We will have access to the hall beginning on Wednesday, Oct 24.

The campground has an old western town theme. Salmon Lake Park is charging $22/night (full hookups). The rally registration will be $10 cash. Note: there are only a few shaded sites and no picnic tables. Fire rings are available on request.


Last couple years we did not have a wait list and it worked well. So, this year we will again not have a waitlist. However, we do ask if you have registered and need to cancel that you let us know as soon as possible.

We will do the park registration as well as the rally registration. We are looking at the possibility of using a “PayPal” online (with a 2% surcharge) for registration and catered dinner. Park fees may be paid with a credit card (with “Square”) at the park. Alternatively, you may pay park fees with a check (preferably) or cash.


As you enter the park please park wherever you wish, but please try to align the rear street corner of your trailer with the utility post. Someone may need to back up to your site and share the same utility post. We are reserving several sites nearest to the Sunshine Inn for handicap parking. 

Wednesday evening we will have an early registration and a meeting. Please check the whiteboard.

Thursday evening will be our Potluck dinner. There are no activities planned for Friday evening. Please enjoy that evening visiting with your fellow Casitarites (if there is such a word).

Saturday evening we are planning a catered BBQ dinner served by Bishop’s Brisket House in Palestine. They will be serving brisket and sausage, tea, potato salad, coleslaw, and peach cobbler. They will do the set-ups, serving, and cleanup. The cost will be approx. $16.25 (includes tax) per person payable in advance.

Tom & Martha Jo will provide a continental-style breakfast for early-risers at the Sunshine Inn each morning with coffee and pastry.

The Ladies Tea will be on Friday morning. The theme this year is Tea by the Sea. As in several years past ladies will do hat decorating (more details to follow in a separate update). Also, you may wish to bring your favorite teacup if you have one. The dress is camping casual. A separate $5.00 fee will be collected at registration. 

Tom & Martha Jo will conduct a Dutch oven demonstration on Thursday. Larry Gamble will present a talk of Casita Care on Friday. We are also planning a trailer open house on Saturday afternoon.

We are considering having a panel on the southern Utah Tour (with updates) if there is enough interest. So, if you have been on the tour and are willing to participate and give a 15 to 20-minute talk (with pictures), please let us know.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings the Sunshine Inn will be open for an impromptu “Open Mike” and games.

If you have any other ideas for activities or presentations or would like to help, please contact us at the email below.

Again this year we want to check into an option of paying for the catered dinner and registration using PayPal on line (worked great last year) and the possibility of using Square for the park fees. I should have everything settled by the beginning of October and will send an update as soon as I know.

Please register with us HERE if your planning on attending, then you can see who's coming HERE.

Hope to see you there.

George & Sandy Childs