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We have fun!
For five days/six nights, we camp right on the field next to the Airstream manufacturing building. About two dozen informative seminars, workshops, and fun presentations are held, plus special events like Happy Hour, door prize drawings, music, yoga, trailer Open House, factory tours, Dutch Oven cooking, riveting, movies, and a cookout.
Airstream staff join us on the field and invite us into their service center and manufacturing building. The local town of Jackson Center has a big Community Days event at the same time, with live music, dinners, beer tent, and amusement rides. It’s a great time for everyone — and a great chance to learn more about your Airstream, the Airstream company, and people like you who love to travel.
No, it’s more!
Alumapalooza combines all the camaraderie of a rally with the educational benefit of a seminar (and the entertainment of a festival!) Just the seminars alone are invaluable. You’ll get plenty of opportunity to pick the brains of people who travel extensively, the folks at the Airstream factory, people who renovate and customize trailers, and other owners who are happy to exchange knowledge with you. Plus you’ll enjoy exploring Airstream’s factory, service center, live entertainment, slide presentations, and much more.
At the Airstream factory, 419 West Pike Street, Jackson Center, Ohio. Maps and pre-event instructions will be sent to all registered attendees via email. Non-camping attendees can click here for information about the official event hotel (Hampton Inn, Sidney OH).
When you register you’ll get the opportunity to buy official event t-shirts which will be delivered to you at the event. During the event, there may be some leftover shirts available but quantities will be limited and we don’t guarantee availability. It’s best to order your shirts when you register.
Adults: $95 each
Kids 15 and under: FREE with a paid adult and campsite
Campsite: $265 for the entire 5 nights of the event. (Price increases to $295 for a campsite as of January 1, 2017, so register early!) Includes 1 complimentary pump-out valued at $20! An additional pump-out can be purchased at the event.
T-shirts are $20 each for adults. T-shirts must be pre-ordered when registering and will be delivered at the event.
If you choose to stay off-site and just want to attend the event as a “walk-in,” your cost is $95 per adult for the entire week.
With registration fee:
- Access to numerous seminars all week
- A “goody bag” with discounts and information **
- Live entertainment on at least two nights
- Factory tours
- Access to Jackson Center Community Days (short walk away in town) with live concerts on three nights
- A barbecue on Saturday
- Daily door prize drawings and other surprises
With campsite fee:
- Five nights of camping
- Rally electric
- Dump station
- One complimentary pump-out valued at $20
- Plus, you can bring all the kids (as long as they are all staying in your trailer) for free!
** If you wait and register for Alumapalooza on-site upon arrival, you will not receive a goody bag. You will still be entered to win door prizes and receive a wristband to attend all events, but goody bags will be reserved for those who registered before the event – just one more reason to register early!
Call us at 813-200-8877 to register by phone. Please leave a message if we don’t answer, and we’ll call you back. We aren’t able to staff the phone full time.
If you aspire to own an Airstream, come on over and check out the people and the product! You’ll learn everything you want to know about them. Any brand of RV is welcome to attend. Sorry, tents are not allowed.
If you need a hotel, we recommend the Hampton Inn in nearby Sidney, OH. Click here for more information about the Hampton.
If you are a paid attendee, your friends can visit on any day of the event.
If you aren’t visiting friends but want to walk around to see the Airstreams, or shop at the vendors and at the new Airstream display, you are welcome to visit on Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There’s no cost for this. No unpaid visitors will be allowed in the gate after 4 p.m.
However, everyone who wants to attend seminars, eat the meals, watch the entertainment, or participate in any organized activities must be registered and paid as a “walk in” attendee ($95 for the entire week).
You can buy a “walk-in” ticket and get all the perks, entertainment, prizes, and meals that camping attendees get. For $95 per adult you will get credentials allowing you to attend all the workshops, seminars, entertainment, and meals. You’ll also be eligible for door prizes, and get the “goody bag” with coupons and goodies. (Note: goody bags will not be available if you wait and register on-site, so register ahead of time to make sure you get all the goodies!)
Registrations to Alumapalooza® which are canceled on or before April 30, 2017 will be charged a $25 cancellation fee per group (not per person).
Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to event start (May 1 – 29, 2017), will be charged $75 per group. There are no refunds for cancellations received after the event begins (May 30, 2017) for any reason. If you might have to cancel after May 29, 2017, please consider obtaining travel insurance.
Refunds will be made to the credit card or PayPal account that was originally used to make the payment, when possible. Otherwise refunds will be made by paper check mailed to the address on file.
Please note that t-shirts and other merchandise orders are not returnable or refundable. T-shirts not picked up at the event will be considered declined, and no refunds will be given.
HOW TO CANCEL
If you wish to cancel your registration, please notify us via phone (813-200-8877) or email (email@example.com).
Accomodations and Utilities
There are no established campgrounds in Jackson Center. The nearest private campgrounds are in Wapakoneta (17 miles). The closest state park camping is found at Indian Lake State Park (15 miles), Lake Loramie State Park (28 miles), and Grand Lake-St. Mary’s State Park (35 miles).
There will be portable toilets on site, and showers are available at the Municipal Pool down the street.
No, please bring a portable tank (”blue boy”) and dump it in the designated sewer drain near the camping area. You can also haul your trailer over to the dump station anytime, or use the station when you depart.
Alumapalooza offers 3-amp AC power, and access to water and dump station. Please bring at least 50 feet of fresh water hose and a Y-connector. Trailers will be “daisy chained” to a central water supply. You should also bring at least 50 feet of extension cord and a 15-amp adapter so you can plug into the power.
Sorry, no, but you can elect to park in the generator section and provide your own power. Be sure to select the “Generator section” option when you register. Note that generator sites will not have electrical connections supplied, so if you park in those spaces, you’re on your own for power.
There will be two generator sections, one for people who want to run their generators anytime of day or night, and another section in which quiet hours will be enforced. If you are in the quiet hours section, generator use will only be permitted between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. We’ll ask you which section you want when you arrive.
It’s for keeping your battery charged. Use only 12-volt lights and appliances, and you’ll be fine. Fridges should be on “propane” setting during the event.
There’s a dump station near the Airstream Service Center that you can use when arriving and departing. During the event a pump-out service will be available. One complimentary pump-out is included with your campsite fee (a $20 value). Instructions on how to get a pump-out during the event will be provided to you when you arrive. There is also a gray water dump point on the camping field that you can use if you bring an external wastewater holding tank.
Dogs are welcome but should be on leash while in the camping area. There is open space to run your dog nearby. Dogs are not allowed inside the tent during the Saturday dinner.
Ground fires are prohibited but you can use a grill or other contained that keeps the fire out of direct contact with the ground, like a “Campfire In A Can.”
Alcohol is prohibited by our insurance company.
Not specifically. All parking will be self-parking. So, if there’s space when you arrive, you can park together with friends. But please, don’t “save” spaces for people who aren’t yet on site.
About the Area
See our article in the Spring 2010 issue of Airstream Life magazine.
The local community has organized a festival to be held in downtown Jackson Center. This is just a few blocks away from the Airstream factory. You can drive or walk over. The festival includes a street carnival, amusement rides, live bands on three nights, a craft show, car show, and more. Much of Jackson Center Community Days is free (including the nightly bands).
We’d like to have a few Airstream-based food trailers on site, but there are important limitations. You must have a Airstream (or vintage trailer) purpose-built for food service. You must comply with all applicable laws, health/safety codes, and permitting requirements as defined by the Village of Jackson Center, Shelby County, and/or the state of Ohio. Onsite power is limited so we can only allow a maximum of five food service trailers.
There is no cost to food vendors who meet these criteria. If you have an appropriate food trailer business, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.