Camp Petaluma, the big West Coast Military Vehicle Rally, is the new venue for what was Camp Delta at Tower Park. Location is historic Petaluma in Sonoma County this April, at the San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA, 20 Rainsville Road, just off Stony Point Road north of town. It is officially April 18-23, 2017 with our rates good for days before and after.
Reason for the move to Petaluma is the campground at Tower Park was purchased by Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resorts and they are doing a complete renovation including a water park. This is shrinking the number of campsites, making it not work for us in April (but the Fall Camp Delta meet will return there centered in campgrounds 2, 3). After an exhaustive search for a large enough campground with amenities, the MVCC Board chose this very nice KOA in the Sonoma County dairy and wine region. The new venue has many long, pull-through campsites suitable for sharing, a variety of back-in and tent-oriented sites, dozens of small sleeping cabins, large lodges, an event building, and great MV driving opportunities on beautiful country roads ripe for excursions! One area has an open air, shared Kamping Kitchen with roof. Petaluma hotels, restaurants and antique stores are nearby.
The Military Vehicle Collectors of California remains your host and we will have a 40th Anniversary party on Friday night with food and live music. All welcome. Discounted camping rates are valid for "early birds" arriving as early as the Sunday before. There is a 4 night minimum plus an option for those who can only camp on the last weekend. Details are on http://www.MVCCNews.net to include maps including an interactive campground map where you can see who has what site! Later we'll publish tips on the best routes to get there, and ideas for tourism while you are there. Sunday is the traditional "pull out day" but we expect people who have never been to our Spring or Fall meets, so vendors wanting new customers might be happy they stay open to Sunday morning.
Here is what's planned so far:
Two MV road trip options on Friday with lunch stops
Military radio demonstration Thursday and ??? with ranging exercise for those going offsite to see how their unit performs
Lunch in Historic Downtown Petaluma with shopping, on Thursday
Thirsty Thursday - BYOB and munchies. Vintage attire welcome
Pancake breakfasts by the Ladies of the MVCC Friday, Saturday
Friday dinner and party with live big band music. Vintage attire welcome
MVCC member meeting Saturday with officer election final nominations, news about the September Camp Delta, on Saturday
Fantastic commemorative T-shirts for sale
As usual for our Spring meet, our own Jo-Ann Lesser is our "Wagon Master" handling campsite and cabin assignments. KOA will not accept a reservation until Jo-Ann puts you on their list. Ask her about the rates for sharing large sites and if you have a site you want to share. Wristbands will be given to each camper and if you have extra bands you may leave these at the office to admit friends who commute. Contact Jo-Ann at 408-238-8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org for camping. Activities coordinator is John Neuenburg at 415-847-2801 or email@example.com. Please let him know if you have extra space in your campsite a commuter can use to park and show his MV.
If you have talked with Jo-Ann and are on her list but you have not contacted KOA to put a deposit on your site, DO SO RIGHT AWAY OR RISK LOSING IT! This is the same policy we have been operating under for years.
There is an interactive campground map here that shows who is in what site. Hover pointer over the site or see the list of names:
Here is the KOA website. Disregard the lodging rates and do not contact them directly until Jo-Ann says so: