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Airstream club camps out at Simcoe fairgrounds

Jacob Robinson

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

The Ontario Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) is holding its annual rally at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds this weekend. Over 30 of the unmistakable 'Airstream' silver trailers are expected to be on hand. Pictured, Steve and Linda Glover of St. Thomas, the hosts of the event.
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The Ontario Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) is holding its annual rally at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds this weekend. Over 30 of the unmistakable 'Airstream' silver trailers are expected to be on hand. Pictured, Steve and Linda Glover of St. Thomas, the hosts of the event. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

SIMCOE - 

The 'silver bullet' brigade has descended upon the Norfolk County Fairgrounds this weekend.

No, we're not talking about a tub full of Coors Lights, but rather the Ontario unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI). More than 30 of the unmistakable Airstream silver trailers will be camped at the fairgrounds for the club's annual summer rally from Friday through Sunday.

“Generally speaking, for rallies we would get between 50-60 trailers but a lot of our members are on a caravan to the east coast,” said the event's host Steve Glover of St. Thomas.

As is generally the case wherever the group goes, they tend to draw a crowd.

“We've had half a dozen people come in here already,” Glover said during setup on Thursday afternoon. “They pull up and say 'what are you doing?'. We show them the trailers and if they want a tour we'll give them one. We're a pretty open group – we're not snooty.”

The group has booked a pair of dinners and one breakfast during their stay. They're also taking part in a scavenger hunt and bringing in entertainment for Saturday evening.

Ask any member and they'll be sure to tell you that owning an Airstream quickly becomes a way of life.

“The cachet is Airstream itself – how they're built, the style of them and they're very easy to trail,” Glover explained. “They basically are set up for a mobile lifestyle. They have everything you would ever need.”

Lindsay residents Ross and Pat Smyth can attest. They're camping in Simcoe this weekend almost 15 years after purchasing their first Airstream. The couple chose the 'Silver Bullet' due to its resale value.

“We got a trailer in 2002 and said 'one year of travel then we'll go back to the cottage'. We're still doing it 15-16 years later,” Ross Smyth said.

The two then stumbled upon a rally in that same year and have been members ever since.

In addition to the rallies with the WBCCI, the Smyth's have visited Arizona, Texas, and Mexico.

“It's been excellent, it's a huge part of our life,” Smyth added. “We got into this by accident but it's now a fundamental part of our lifestyle.”

 

jrobinson@postmedia.com