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Lost at Mash 4077th

This year, over Memorial Day weekend, I decided to break from the traditional trip to the beach and check out a van run that has been going on for many years but I have never attended. I drove the 300 plus miles to Greenwich, NY to the Washington County Fairgrounds. There I was met by a member of Concerned Vanners who put on this event.

They are a group of various people from numerous Van clubs who help to put on this show. I found some friends in a club called Performance, Inc. and they said to camp with them for the weekend. I pulled in and set up. I was going to be sleeping in the van for the weekend and realized it was going to be an adventure as I have not done this in over 10 years.

After camp was set up I decided to walk around and talk to people in other camps. It was interesting to see how some of the clubs had done up their camps to match the MASH theme. There was Rosie’s Bar, The Swamp, etc. The iconic sign posts with all the cities on it were done up in several areas of the grounds. The host club chose the Humane Society as their charity. The total attendance for the event was 288 vans and trucks from all over the northeast and Canada. Various games were had for both young and the young at heart.

On Saturday, they held the Show and Shine. There were around 60 vans and trucks in that show. I decided to put my van in the show – I had cleaned it up mostly back at camp. After setting up I walked around the field and took pictures as well as looked for my pick for the CRO Sponsor’s Choice Award. It was a difficult pick. There were many vans in the show as well as trucks and a military deuce and a half.

Several vendors selling their various wares including van parts. These are always a plus at events. I had chosen not to set up any kind of booth and decided to just have a relaxing weekend.
Sunday’s award show was held in the evening. This included kids and adult games as well as the van show. I presented the CRO Sponsor’s Award to Jim Robinson for his 1942 Ford Fire Truck. It was a beautiful restoration. The pictures do not do it justice.

I was presented a First Place for my class and also won Best Interior for the van. Both of these awards were great honors in a heavy field. But the surprise of the awards presentation was when they called my name again and presented me with the Best of Show award. I honestly could not believe this. Never had I expected to win this award. Some people told me the look on my face was one of true shock. Well it was a shock and an honor.This was my first time to this run which has been going on for many years.

I will definitely be back. Thanks for everything Concerned Vanners for your hospitality If you have never been to this event and have a van or truck make your way to Washington County Fairgrounds next Memorial Day weekend for Lost in the Zombie Apocalypse.

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