Important information to help you get ready for Alumapalooza!

Already registered?  Then you need this document to help get ready for your big trip.  The Pre-Event Information includes things to bring, what to expect, and how to find the event gates.

Download the Pre-Event Info now and print it out for reference while you are packing, and driving to Jackson Center!

And if you haven’t yet registered, don’t delay.  Online registration will close on May 15, and after that registrations (via phone or in person) will cost $30 more.


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What’s the weather going to be like?

Probably the most common question we get about each upcoming Alumapalooza is, “What’s the weather going to be like?”   People generally want to know what to pack, and whether they’ll want air conditioning.  (If you want air conditioning, be sure to ask for the Generator Section when you register, and bring your generator.)

Our standard answer is that in a typical May-June week in Jackson Center, OH, you’ll experience every kind of weather except snow.  We usually have a mix of sun, clouds, rain, fog, hot & cold, dryness & humidity, breezes & still air—and sometimes all of those in a single day!  It’s best to come prepared for everything.

This year, our friend Alex Kensington has graciously developed his best weather prognostications for Jackson Center for 28 May through 3 June.  His forecast is based on long range data issued by the NWS coop observers network, his own observations from last year, “some rolled bones, and examining entrails.”  Take this as seriously as you wish, but keep in mind that no matter what the weather, the fun continues every day!

Location: Jackson Center, Ohio 45334
40˚ 26’ 24” North,  84˚ 2’ 22” West
Elevation 1,027 Feet Above Mean Sea Level

The month of May will below average in temperature and precipitation, so conditions leading up tot the event should be favorable. Sunny skies and cooler dry air for week before will aide in set up. This is will be interrupted by scattered showers on Monday and Tuesday prior to opening. Heavy fieldwork should be completed before Saturday the 26th.

Rain will fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, but in moderate amounts. While not rendering the field too muddy to work with, slipping cars on wet grass will be an issue in getting trailers parked. Inexperienced trailerites may disturb the sod profoundly as they come in.  [Note: we always have a tractor on site to assist if anyone gets stuck coming in or out.]

Temperatures will rise by Thursday and showers may continue. Humidity and heat will be a factor by Saturday. There could be one significant T-Storm Friday afternoon or evening. Heat will continue and winds will fail by Monday and clean up will be a sweaty affair.


Alex will be providing daily weather reports and forecasts from Alumapalooza, right out of his 1965 Airstream Safari, too!

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3, 4, or 5 nights?

We had a call today from someone who asked whether she should come to Alumapalooza for 3, 4, or all 5 nights.  We told her that we have something happening every day, so she chose to come for all five nights and wondered, “Why don’t you just register everybody for all five nights?”

We offer three and four-night options for people who have limited time.  But if you look at the official program from 2011 (posted here), you can see that arriving on the first day makes a lot of sense.  Things start happening right away!

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Important pre-event information

Are you registered for Alumapalooza 2011?  If so, you’ll want to read these important pre-event instructions.  This document tells you where to arrive, what to bring, what to expect, and much more!  Please click the link above and print out a copy to take with you on your trip to Jackson Center!


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Why only 200 trailers?

We weren’t kidding about Alumapalooza selling out early!  We have just 200 spaces available, and as of today 158 of them have been reserved.  So don’t wait much longer to make your reservation!

Why can we only accept 200 trailers?

There are several reasons why we’re holding the event to just 200.  First, we’re restricted by the space available at Airstream.  In the photo below, from the original Airstream Homecoming event in 1980, every open speck of grass was utilized to park trailers.  Today — 31 years later — not as much space remains open.

1st Annual Airstream Homecoming Rally, 1980

Second, we are allowing some extra space so that if the field gets very wet, we can avoid parking in some spaces and still fit everyone.

Third, we want to keep the event reasonably sized, so that everyone has a chance to meet new friends and enjoy the seminars & entertainment without crowding.  Two hundred trailers means we’ll have about 400-450 people attending.   Alumapalooza is kind of like a party, and parties are more fun when there’s the right amount of people.

If you aren’t sure whether you can attend, you can go ahead and reserve a space today.  If you cancel prior to March 31, you’ll get all of your money back minus $25.  So that way you can “hold” yourself a space now and take a few weeks to decide if you can really make it.

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