|Events below are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC as well as all Military Vehicle owners, displays, and reenactors, unless otherwise noted. Not all events below are Great Lakes
sponsored, but in the spirit of fellowship (and because of the high cost of fuel this year) we are including them here for your consideration.
***Not all event dates available right now, will be updated as information is supplied***
|General Membership Meeting|
April 6, 2008 Noon – Freeland, MI
Meeting to be hosted by Nate Marolf again
9840 Midland Road
|11th Annual Ft. Custer Spring Trail Ride|
April 25 – 27, 2008 Battle Creek, MI
ANTIQUE MILITARY VEHICLES being used as they were ment to be used…
on the trail — down and dirty!
EVERY VEHICLE ENTERING THIS SECURE MILITARY INSTALLATION MUST BE INSURED.
Club Members Only!
Everyone wishing to attend must be on the Great Lakes MVPA Membership list and be pre-registered. Registration form is in the March issue of “Wheels of War”
CONTACTS: Jean Yeo – (269) 721-4212
Curt Kitter – (810) 765-3107
|16th Annual Spring Midwest Willys Reunion|
May 9 – 11, 2008 Springfield, ILL
Willys (Jeep) show, swap meet, banquet and get together
see website for more details and registration forms:
attending vehicles must be preregistered by April 1, 2008
|21st Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration|
May 16 – 18, 2008 Hancock Co. Fairgrounds – Findlay, OH
Re-enactments, static displays, swap meet
Dash plates awarded to everyone who brings a MV for display. Registered Re-enactors and Vehicle owners automatically entered in cash drawing. Come help honor those who served and are serving Our Country.
See website for more information and registration forms:
|2nd Annual Spring Military Show|
May 17, 2008 Great Lakes Hobby & Train Shop – Utica, MI
777 Van Dyke, south of M59
Military vehicle display from 09:00 to 16:00
See www.DetroitArsenalMuseum.com for more details
|9th Annual ‘Military Vehicle Static Display’|
May 31 – June 1, 2008 Michigan Antique Festival
Midland Fairgrounds – Midland, MI
no further information available
|WW2 Military History Days|
|— CANCELLED BY VFW —
June 7 – 8, 2008 American Legion Chief Pontiac Post 377 – Clarkston, MI
4819 Mary Sue, Clarkston MI on Oakland Lake
Military Vehicle rally and displays, WW2 Military re-enactors, US Military displays and Military memorabilia show.
— CANCELLED BY VFW —
CONTACT: Reefe Renforth (248) 543-3087
June 14 – 15, 2008 Greenfield Village – Dearborn, MI
Open to all ALLIED forces
Vehicles and Re-enactors have a complete weekend of fun!
Pre-registration is required by May 15, 2008
Set-up is June 13, 2008
See www.DetroitArsenalMuseum.com for information and form.
|Gaylord Air Fair|
June 21 – 22, 2008 Gaylord Regional Airport Gaylord, MI
Contact: Scott Woody email@example.com
|Hell Survivors’ Military Weekend|
June 28 – 29, 2008 Hell Survivors Paintball Playfield – Pinckney, MI
Military vehicle display
see website for more information: www.hellsurvivors.com
CONTACT: Dave Massey (734) 878-1148
|TACOM Employee Appreciation Day|
July 17, 2008 TACOM – Warren, MI
Sign up by July 1, 2008
CONTACT: John Lind (586) 604-5393
|26th Annual “Hot Air Jubilee”/12th Annual MV Static Display|
July 18 – 20, 2008 Jackson County Airport: Jackson, Michigan
This year promises to be the biggest and best ever!
A weekend of balloons and military vehicles. Primitive camping available.
GLMVPA Contact: To be decided
See www.hotairjubilee.com for more details.
|2nd Annual Camp Trooper|
July 19 – 20, 2008 Barstow Municipal Airport: Midland, Michigan
Camp Trooper 2nd Annual Salute to Veterans
A Journey Through Living History!
Adults $5.oo – Families $8.00 – Disabled Vets Free w/ID – Kids under six free
Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
This event is presented by the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, a Non-Profit veterans organization charted by Congress. All proceeds go to veterans programs, disabled veterans, families of veterans, the educational assistance of the children of veterans and the new Wounded Warrior program.
All vehicles, displays, and reenactors welcome to participate
for an application and information sheet or more information contact:
PO Box 444
Ovid, Michigan 48866
or call: 989-834-0294 (Message Line)
|Weyerhauser Canoe Marathon/Grayling AuSable River Festival|
July 27 – 28, 2008 Grayling, Michigan
* waiting for further information *
MMMT’s Event Coordinator is Brian Anderson at (989) 348-5191
July , 2008 Downtown Rudyard, Michigan
GLMVPA’s Tip-of-the-Mitt group invites you to attend the Rudyard Summerfest for a weekend of fun and games in beautiful U.P. Michigan.
* * There is no admission fee * *
For more information contact:
Lane Young (231) 582-5988
|Imlay City Blueberry Festival|
August 2 – 3, 2008 Imlay City VFW Post – Imlay City, MI
Set-up August 1, 2008
CONTACT: Hank Kaminski (810) 338-3304
|Victory Over Japan Day Celebration|
August 8 – 10, 2008 Brush Creek Mill Museum – Hillman, Michigan
The fine people at the Brush Creek Mill Museum in Hillman have once again invited the
Michigan Museum of Military Transport to put on a display as part of that city’s VJ Day
Celebration. Hillman is one of the few communities in the nation that continues to observe the day that WW2 ended. This display, in conjunction with a huge parade sponsored by the Hillman Veterans of Foreign Wars, is greatly appreciated by people from throughout Northeastern Michigan, though visitors come from all over the country.
MMMT’s Event Coordinator for Hillman is Brian Morrison at (231) 582-2364.
|Thunder Over Michigan 2008|
August 9 – 10, 2008 Yankee Air Museum – Belleville, MI
War Birds, Vehicle display, Battle Re-enactments, Vendors
FREE Primative camping for participants
Set-up August 8, 2008
Pre-registration is required, see website for details and form
|Iola MV Show|
August 9 – 10, 2008 Iola Old Car Show Grounds – Iola, WI
Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment.
Info: Iola Vintage Military Show
P.O. Box 1, Iola
Web site: www.iolavms.com
|MVPA NATIONAL CONVENTION|
August 14 – 16, 2008 Multnomah County Expo Center – Portland, OR
Any local questions please contact MVCCO President and convention chairman
Steve Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration or any other convention information contact MVPA headquarters,
Kay, Tracy or Susan at email@example.com
or see website: www.mvpa.org
|12th Annual Great Lakes MV Show/Swap Meet|
August 16-17, 2008 General Jim’s Surplus: Clare, MI
This is the 12th Annual event for Great Lakes Chapter, and it continues to grow in both
the number and quality of the vendors AND the vehicles. Widely discussed on the SteelSoldiers website, the show takes place in front of General Jim’s located next to Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, Michigan, 1 mile north of the north Clare Old 27 Exit.
Swap meet spaces are free to Great Lakes Members, while non-members pay $15.00.
(Annual membership in GLMVPA is $15.00.) Vendor Set-up is anytime after 11:30 a.m. Friday, 15 August. Free primitive camping for vendors and members bringing vehicles or military displays. Restaurants and lodging only one mile away.
contact the Clare Chamber of Commerce
at (989) 386-2442
No live firearms or ammo allowed.
MMMT Event Coordinator is Clint Barber at (989) 828-5651
GLMVPA Coordinator is Curt Kitter (810) 765-3107
Jeff Yost, General Jim’s – (989) 386-5425
|7th Annual International Emergency Vehicle Show|
August , 2008 Ferndale Police Department: Ferndale, Michigan
9 Mile Rd., 1 block east of Woodward
The Ferndale Police Department has invited us to join them for the
7th Annual International Emergency Vehicle Show
(Woodward Dream Cruise)
All emergency vehicles welcome!
For more information contact:
Ferndale Police Dept.
310 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, Michigan 48220
PH: (248) 541-3650
FAX: (248) 541-2836
|Military Weekend Show|
August 23 – 24, 2008 Bruce VFW Post – St. Clair Shores, MI
Vehicle display, Re-enactors, Living History, Vendor spaces, camping on site.
Set-up August 22, 2008
CONTACT: Reefe Renforth (248) 543-3087
Paul Palazzolo (586) 292-7665
|Armed Services Day|
September , 2008 Michigan State Fairgrounds: Detroit, Michigan
Military Vehicle & Equipment static display and parade.
All military service people, past and present, get in free with proper ID or Uniform.
**People bringing displays (vehicle & other) please contact Pat with information for plaques (vehicles) and certificates (other displays) by 15 August 2008
CONTACT: Pat Boyer at StateFairPat@aol.com
|Military Weekend at Michigan Renaissance Festival|
September 6 – 7, 2008 Michigan Renaissance Festival – Holly Mi
12600 Dixie Highway
Detroit Arsenal Museum is proud to co-host this event with Allied Military Vehicles and Reenactors
Sign up is required by 8/30/08
include your vehicle make and year, # of persons with you
Re-enactors: list unit, uniform, rank and display (if any)
camping allowed throughout the weekend
|3nd Annual Silver Lake Sand Dunes Military Vehicle Show|
September 12 – 13, 2008 Silver Lake Apple & BBQ Festival: Silver Lake, MI
Military Vehicle Auto Show
This is the third year for this show and already it’s looking to be bigger and better than last year. This is the only show of it’s type on the west side of Michigan. The vehicle display is FREE and judging is in four categories: WW2 1939-1945; Cold War 1946-1964; Vietnam 1965-1975; and Modern 1976-Present. Prizes will be voted on by the public.
This show is in conjunction with
the Silver Lake Apple & BBQ festival and will feature the state BBQ cook-off.
There are plenty of area hotels and campgrounds available at: http://www.silverlakesanddunes.com/
GLMVPA Contact info:
|16th Annual Fall Color Tour/Trail Ride|
September 26-28, 2008 Camp Grayling: Grayling, Michigan
The Annual Camp Grayling Color Tour is designed for our trucks to be used as they were
designed to be used, off-road. The trails near Camp Grayling provide challenges and the scenery provides the color. The camaraderie, companionship, and general fun are provided by the members.
Due to the scale of Camp Grayling and the surrounding State and Federal Forest, the
Color Tour has access to a large variety of trails. While some of the travel is on paved, well maintained county roads, most of the tour is on trails sure to challenge a 40-50 year old vehicle and its operator. The amount of space available has also allowed the use of four different base camps over the years to let new areas and trails to be discovered by many participants who return year after year.
Since the Camp Grayling Color Tour started in 1993, several groups and numerous
individuals have worked hard to make it a continuing success. Today, the events primary
sponsor is the Michigan Museum Of Military Transport (MMMT) with much appreciated
co-sponsorship by the Great Lakes Chapter of the MVPA (GLMVPA).
Attendance grew rapidly from 10 vehicles at the 1993 event to 40 trucks coming out to play in 1996. In the years since, vehicle attendance has remained fairly consistent between 35 and 45, largely due to fluctuations in weather, fuel costs and competing regional MV events. The participants represent a wide-ranging cross section of those who enjoy and appreciate old military iron. Many great friendships have grown among those who enjoy the opportunity to view the beautiful fall colors of Michigan’s North, while some consider this their primary annual vacation.
While the Trail Ride officially takes place the last weekend of September, a growing number of people have been showing up three or four days early to enjoy the trails with friends. One of the joys each year is not only see who shows up, but what “new” toy they bring. Over the years a good assortment of Jeeps, Mules, 3/4 and 1¬ tons, deuces, and five ton trucks have participated regularly. In addition, some less common military vehicles have taken to the trails. These include Kubelwagens, Schwimmwagens, a Ford GPA, halftracks, Unimogs, a couple different Volvo models, a Ferret, Gama-Goats, an Otter, and even a motorcycle or two.
This event is open only to members and family of MMMT or GLMVPA because of insurance requirements by the government agencies involved, but memberships are nominally priced and available at the event. Every effort is made to keep costs minimal so as many members as possible may attend.
Registration fee for the 2008 Camp Grayling Color Tour is $10.00 if pre-registered, $20.00 on site. Primitive camping for tents or trailers is available at our base camp, with more “civilized” accommodations available a short distance away in the Grayling area.
Primary contact for this event is Brian Anderson at (989) 348-5191. He needs volunteer help to work on registration, food and camp activities, fundraising and donations, and trail leaders.
WW2 Bond Drive Event
September 27-28 2008 at Van Hoosen Farm – Rochester Hills, MI
Detroit Arsenal Museum is proud again to co-host with Allied Military Vehicles and Reenactors
Music, Weapons firing, Convoys
Sign up is required by 9/20/08
your vehicle make, and year, # of persons with you.
Reenactors: your unit, uniform and rank, dis