Vintage Fan Fair, a festival that Celebrates Nostalgia™, will gather over 25 vintage campers for a rare chance for the public to tour inside these classic trailers. The open house is part of a two-day event being held November 10-11, 2017 at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The rally is the first of its kind in the Raleigh area, bringing together an eclectic collection of campers, also known as “Glampers” (glamorous + camper). A wide variety of vintage makes and models will be featured including an Airstream Argosy called “MaryKate” and a Shasta Compact named “Itty Bitty & Pretty”. Each one uniquely adapted and personifying its owner, showcases the clever use of space and unique decorating in these tiny homes on wheels.
Each camper conjures up a simpler time and the time to enjoy it. As described in “Vintage Trailer Voyeur”, a book by Vicki Ocken that chronicles vintage campers and their owners, “The allure of the road called to her. The sinuous curve of the winding pavement, the clattering of tires on wooden bridges, the long-forgotten towns along the way . . . not to fly over America, but to feel it under her feet, sleep under the stars, and see it with her own eyes.”
Ocken will be at the event signing copies of her book and talking with attendees about her own affinity with these little gems and how she came to own four of them. “I have an affinity for the smell of old wood, the sound of rain on tin, and the small spaces they offer. I see the unique soul each has to offer and feel the past lives they have led”, states Ocken. Meet the author in person on Friday, November 10 from 4-7pm and Saturday, November 11th from 1-4pm.
The Glamper Showcase tour will be open on Friday, November 10th from 5-7pm, with the lights glowing and campfires going, and on Saturday, November 11th from 1-3pm. Tickets must be purchased to attend the event. Discounted tickets purchased online are $7 and are good for either day. In honor of Veterans Day, all Vets are admitted free of charge.
Vintage Fan Fair includes an indoor marketplace, a presentation on mid-century modern homes in North Carolina and many other special features. For a complete event schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.vintagefanfair.com.