The Northern California Good Sam Club holds its Samboree at the Lodi Grape Festival each year. This is the second year that Don and I have attended it. Some of the same buildings are used for group gatherings that we used for the WARE. This is the Chardonnay room, set up with round tables as we had it.
Registration is held in that room, in the back corner, whereas we set it up in the same room as the marketplace to encourage attendees to visit the vendors.
Several of the vendors stayed over from the WARE for the Good Sam rally. Here are Vicki and Bob Close of Adventure Caravans.
The RV Driving School booth was back-to-back with the Embroidery-on-the-Go people.
Some vendors are here who weren’t at the WARE, such as this Kitchen Craft vendor who isn’t getting a lot of attention from attendees.
And this flag vendor, set up outside.
There are a lot of information tables.
Card games and message board.
Memorial book for members who passed during the year.
A book exchange, including games, videotapes, puzzles, etc.
One of the chapters has a fun way to raise money for charity. Spin the wheel for $1 and you get the number of tickets shown on the number on which you land. Don got 19 tickets in 2 spins for $1. We’ll find out if he won tonight.
Attendees could sign up for parades (one for people, one for pets) and games,
A First Aid station is set up outside, also offering bottled water for a donation and blood pressure checks.
Tri-tip sandwiches are sold daily at lunchtime by one chapter, and breakfast burritos by another (no pic).
George Mayleben drew a pretty good-sized crowd for his seminar RV Driving for Women Only, in spite of the fact that it wasn’t on the printed schedule (about 25 total, some came later). Notice how many men also attended!
I led the second session on Driving Your RV Safely, but the crowd was a bit smaller. It was a good chance for me to practice!
The craft room had some interesting projects made by members.
We met the King.
And the Queen spoke at the Ladies’ Luncheon.
We enjoyed BBQ ribs with Valerie and George at this little café nearby.
And we dined at Pietro’s Trattoria last night, where we celebrated George’s birthday.
It’s been fun to be in Lodi, but we’re looking forward to moving on, going to Modesto tomorrow for a few days, then Santa Rosa and northward up the beautiful California coast.