‘Alumapalooza 8’ returns to Jackson Center

By Matt Clayton - For the Sidney Daily News

JACKSON CENTER — This marks the eighth consecutive year the event has been held in Jackson Center since 2010, it begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and runs through June 4 and is held in conjunction with the Jackson Center Community Days. This year 125 travel units with approximately 250-300 occupants will roll into Jackson Center for the event. The list of activities is long and will be much like last year including numerous cookouts, bike rides, scavenger hunts, along with 2 workshops and seminars a day to help attendees learn more about their Airstream. There are also more unique opportunities like a riveting contest where participants are given the chance to try out some of the tools and equipment used to build the trailers.

One of the most popular and well attended activities is touring the manufacturing facility, offering those in attendance a chance to see how the trailers are built from the ground up. Tourists and other visitors also have the opportunity to have every question known to man answered by local resident and veteran tour guide, Don Ambos, of Jackson Center.

Ambos has been with Airstream for 59 years and knows every fact regarding Airstream down to the last pop rivet! He is passionate about the important role he has played over the years and is thankful to have been a part of the Airstream family for so long.

“Alumapalooza is togetherness” said Ambos “A chance to meet others and have an all-around great time socializing; when meeting “Airstreamers” for the first time you never know where they come from, and often times the stories they tell are fascinating,” said Ambos.

Bob Wheeler CEO of Airstream is also excited about this year’s event saying; “We look forward to this time of year for a number of reasons, it’s a ‘feel-good’ event and a great time for our employees to meet those who are so dedicated to living the Airstream lifestyle, they are passionate about what they do. There is also a ‘good energy’ surrounding this event and it is a great economic boost to our local economy.”

Jackson Center Mayor Scott Klopfenstein and Village Administrator Bruce Metz noted the positive impact the Alumapalooza as on the village and local community.

“The event gives our citizens an opportunity to meet Airstream customers and interact with them in a festive atmosphere, those attending contribute to our community in more ways than one,” said Klopfenstein. “Last year the group as a whole contributed over $2,000 to our local food pantry, they are a very gracious and generous bunch of people and we are thankful to know them as part of our community.”

Visitors will be able to sample a taste of the arts with live music on the grounds and visit the customer service lobby where the Airstream Fine Art Invitational is held. Top landscape artists from all over the USA are invited to display their art. Much of the art is Airstream-related and will be available for purchase.

For more information visit: www.alumapalooza.com or go to the Alumapalooza Facebook Page and Alumaevents on Twitter.

By Matt Clayton

For the Sidney Daily News