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Vintage Camper Show by Sharon Black

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A new event on Old Settlers Day in Smith Center, Kansas featured The Vintage Camper Show. Mary Lattin of Hays, Kansas put together the show. Mary grew up in Smith Center. She has extensive research files on historical events in the county and happens to be a vintage camper enthusiast.

One of the participants was Sandi Pruess. She explained people who display and own vintage campers do not get as much exposure in the Midwest as everywhere else in the United States. {{more}}

She summed up her reason for owning a vintage camper saying it’s good clean fun.

After the BBQ Dinner in the Peoples Bank’s parking lot, many Old Settlers Day attendees of all ages went behind The Looking Glass salon to where the campers were parked.

Mary reported “Flow” won the People Choice, the Shasta that was painted like a log cabin inside took 2nd, and the Redneck Cab Over pickup slide- in took 3rd.

The campers are decorated on the inside and have awnings and lawn furniture on the outside. Two campers had pink flamingoes as decorations.

The campers have electricity, kitchens, and some have bathrooms. Also, they have sleeping quarters. The design of the campers needs to be creative and clever for everything to fit inside it.

The Old Settlers would be proud of these people and their new compact “Conestoga wagon.”

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Winner of the People's ChoiceVintage camperVintage camper 1Sandy and Eldon's ChandelierOutside of silver camper

Sharon Black is from Smith Center, Kansas. We welcome her to our team of volunteers.

Smith Center KansasSharon Black has been writing for many years including newspapers, short stories, and as a publisher. She was born in Nebraska and has lived in Kansas most of her life. In her hometown of Smith Center, Kansas, Willa Cather’s hometown is to the north and Bob Dole’s hometown is to the south. Sharon is a press release writer for the National Parks Arts Foundation and writes for b U n e k e magazine. The biggest project she has accomplished is the co-writer of the TV movie Home on the Range. The movie is about the song, which is the state song of Kansas and the lawsuit surrounding it in the 1930s and finding the rightful author of the song. Sharon is distantly related to the Mississippi writer Eudora Welty.

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