Registration is open for the 2017 PineKnot Rally at the Salmon Lake Park, 357 Salmon Lake Road, in Grapeland, Texas from Wednesday, 25 October thru Sunday, 29 October 2017. You're more than welcome to come early. However, be aware that there may be conflicts at the Park with previously scheduled events. We will have access to the Sunshine Inn beginning on Tuesday, Oct 24.

The campground has an old western town theme with even a small railroad in the park. 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 year we did not have a wait list and it worked well. So this year we will again try not to have a wait list. 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 “Square” for handling a credit card (with a 2% surcharge). If this doesn’t work we let you now in an update so you may need to pay park fees with a check (preferably) or cash and the rally fee with $10 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.

Based on a tentative agenda, Wednesday evening we will have an October Fest Celebration. There will be a German meal with bratwurst, German potato salad, red cabbage, a pretzel roll, and cherry cake for desert. Sandy and I have contracted a German deli in Killeen for the meal. We expect the meal to cost about $6.00 to $6.50. More details to follow in an update.

Thursday evening will be our Potluck dinner. There are no activities planned for Friday evening. Please enjoy that evening visiting your fellow MFRV brethren.

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) /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 Raggedy Ann. Please bring your own decorated hat and your favorite teacup. 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.

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

Since several of us are on extended travel this summer, we are forgoing T-shirts.

If you have any other ideas for activities or presentations, or would like to help, please note that in your comments in the registration form.

Money: We are presently on our way for an extended trip to Alaska and do not expect to be back in Texas until mid-September. Once back, I want to check into an option of paying for the Octoberfest, catered dinner, registration, and Ladies Tea using PayPal (worked great for Bluebonnet) 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.

We hope to see you there!

George & Sandy Childs