LOUISIANA HAYRIDE…. ONCE AGAIN A SUCCESSFUL SHOW
With the name of the rally taken from one of the most successful country music shows broadcast from Shreveport, that during its heyday helped launch the music careers of many of the great artists, our South Central Area LOUISIANA HAYRIDE Rally was also a great show for first-timers and experienced motor homers.
Our LOUISIANA HAYRIDE brought together talented entertainment, knowledgeable seminar leaders, creative craft leaders and those industrious exhibitors and motorhome dealers. In addition, our national FMCA officers shared insights and valuable information. The registration was officially reported as 410 Family coaches, 26 Live-in Vendors, and 17 show coaches.
There was something great going on all the time. The Ladies Luncheon with outstanding speaker, Clay Staires, garnered an attendance of 184. The 6 Education Seminars captured the attention of 187 members seeking improved use of their phone or the best of places to see in Louisiana and more. The 9 FMCA Seminars, which included Charlie Adcock’s and Jon Walker’s party announcing the reinstatement of the FMCAssist, brought 410 people together to also learn more about chapter offices and rescue and fire safety, to name only a few.
The magical diversity of 13 Craft Projects, which ranged from fascinating jewelry and serving pieces to card holders, were enjoyed by each of the 145 crafters. Of course, the 30 RV Product Seminars were well-attended by 488 potential purchasers that brought smiles to both the presenter and the purchaser. All were full of excellent information ranging from water, travel, lighting, towing and other motorhoming needs. We appreciated the 46 exhibitors and 3 RV dealers who provided a great show.
The Golf Scramble at the local Country Club kept 14 early arrivers busy. The Jam Sessions were enjoyed every afternoon by both the musicians and their audiences. The Quilt Display of 288 fleece and pieced quilts was a glorious sight to see, and all enjoyed the wonderful Social and Quilting Seminars and especially the nationally known teacher, Linda McGehee, known for her quick and easy bags and her use of zippers. The quilts were presented to the Red River Quilters for children and infants, the Veteran’s Hosptital and the Burn Unit/Fischer House in San Antonio. Thank you to all the contributors.
The Northwest Veteran’s Home of Shreveport received over $1100 from the generosity of participants in the 50/50 Drawings. The Pet Parade always brings out a vibrant and energetic group, as each pet received an award. Line Dancing was back on the agenda and enjoyed by observers and participants. The Door Prize Booth was checked daily for winning numbers. Over 30 donors contributed a bevy of wonderful prizes that brought more smiles to many. The Ice Cream Social was a cool treat for all.
The Chapter Fair member recruitment time along with the First Timers Gathering and a reception for Chapter Officers were special events. The five chapters that provided the majority of volunteer talent were the South Central Frustrated Maestros, Pelican Travelers, Rally in the Pasture, Red River Rovers, and Thousand Trails of Texas. Of course, 60 or more additional volunteers from the Six-State Rally Association provided the planning, leadership, and implementation of each daily activity. Included in the business conducted during the Annual Board of Directors Meeting was the election of Frank Taber as Treasurer.
Our three bountiful breakfasts set the tone for each good day. Our Frustrated Maestros chapter provided music at each breakfast and our Coaches for Christ chapter provided Morning Devotions. A daily Catholic Mass was also available. Saturday afternoon, many enjoyed the Red River Revel Arts Festival in downtown Shreveport.
Similar to the LOUISIANA HAYRIDE shows, each of our four entertainment groups brought great delight to the crowds. Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Band, The Williamsons, Johnny Counterfit and Louisiana’s own Wade Benson Landry were a great way to end each of our wonderful rally days.
If you like to make new friends and also enjoy the friends that you see each year from the forty-five chapters drawn from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, then we are glad that you were in attendance In Shreveport at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds during the first week of October. If you missed this show, mark your 2015 calendar now for the next BIG SHOW to take place in Conroe, Texas beginning October 7th through the 10th—but you can arrive as early as October 4th at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds because you know it will be BIG FUN.