Pineknot 2017 started on Wednesday Oct 25 with an Oktoberfest dinner of brats, rohtkohl (red cabbage), potato salad, roll and cherry cake. It was attended by 115 people.

Thursday, started with coffee and sweet rolls courtesy of Tom and Martha Jo. This was offered each morning and was well attended daily. Larry Gamble of Little House Customs gave a talk and answered questions pertaining to our fiberglass trailers. The afternoon session was a panel discussion of travel to Alaska to include road conditions encountered, customs regulations, itineraries, etc based on individual experiences as well. The evening ended with music provided by several musicians (Larry, Roger, Charles, Bonnie, Bess, and Dennis). A good time was had by all.

Friday included the Ladies Tea. This year the theme was Raggedy Ann and several ladies dressed up as Ann. It was a lot of fun to sit back and observe the festivities which included a luncheon prepared by Shawn and tea served by gentlemen in tux. Thanks to all the men who prepared the tea and luncheon plates as well. It was delicious.  Bonnie, dressed as Raggedy Ann, read one of the original stories and door prizes included five paintings done by Verna. She also painted several milk bottles with images of Raggedy Ann. Several baskets with Raggedy Ann dolls and books and tea cups were  arranged by Mary Kay. The afternoon continued with a class on braiding tee shirts by Reine and a swap meet which was well attended too.  A potluck supper and more music rounded out the festivities for Friday.

Saturday started out cold but the Dutch oven demonstration enjoyed  a wonderful turnout of over 50 and didn’t have to deal with wind. Because of Hurricane Harvey many of our Dutch oven cooks were not able to attend this year so George and Tom with sous chefs Martha Jo and Sandy demonstrated cooking mac and cheese and Black Forest cake. Both were hits with the crowd.

The afternoon included the Open House and many  showed off  mods or new options they had discovered. Questions were answered and expertise was appreciated. We had a catered BBQ dinner Saturday night followed by a business meeting  with  door prizes. Veterans and their spouses were honored. Robert had been working all rally selling hats and flags for the proceeds to be donated to the Dallas VA hospital for Care Bags for the wounded Vets. $705 was raised by his efforts.

This year we had 83 rigs attend, 3 cabins or hotel rooms were rented, and three “come on bys” attended. Can we “come on by?” had one staying  five nights, one two nights and one three hours as they had a festival to reach. They thanked us for the time they had and the information gleaned.

Thanks to all who attended and participated to make this year’s rally so much fun. Pineknot 2018 will be October 24th to 28th at Salmon Lake RV Park in Grapeland, TX.

Hope to see you there.

George & Sandy Childs