Remember the days of loading up the family camper and setting out for a memory-making getaway? Take a step back in time this weekend, to a sun-filled summer day with some vintage trailers.

The 5th Annual Great River Road Vintage Trailer Rally is taking place at Illiniwek Forest Preserve (1201 State Avenue Hampton) this week.

More than 40 vintage trailer owners will be gathering together for a 4-day rally along the beautiful Mississippi. The rally will begin tomorrow, Thursday Jul 11, and will continue through this Sunday Jul 14.

The Great River Road Vintage Trailer Rally is part of the Tin Can Tourists organization. Tin Can Tourists were organized at Desoto Park, Tampa, Florida, in 1919. The groups stated objective was “to unite fraternally all autocampers”. Celebrating 100 years, the Tin Can Tourists continue to stay aligned with their guiding principles of clean camps, friendliness among campers, decent behavior and to secure plenty of clean, wholesome entertainment for those in camp.

The Great River Road Vintage Trailer Rally was started 5 years ago by Barbara Lamacki from Lockport, IL. The rally runs from Thursday to Sunday at Illiniwek. Registration began back in January and sold out in less than two weeks! Participants of the rally enjoy meet and greets, wiener roasts, potlucks, yard sales and the experience of relaxing in some pretty cool vintage trailers!

An Open House will take place on Saturday Jul 13 from 12 – 3 p.m. The public is invited to stop by and view over 40 vintage trailers and unique camping units, while conversing with the owners. There is no admission fee.

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.