Come and join us for the first mid-western get together of the season. This will be the 8th time we get together at this beautifully wooded location - the Thomas Woods Campsites of the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area. There are 18 RV-Trailer sites, most are boondock (dry without electric). We will be getting together for Friday evening vintage trailer tour (with Crazy Hat Contest - awards will be given) and late night camp fire get-together, followed by Saturday evening pot luck dinner and group camp fire - there is usually some song singing and music playing going on Sat. night - so bring your pipes, guitar, harmonica or banjo to join in, then on Sunday we have a leasurly campfire group pot luck breakfast before we pack up say our goodbyes and go home. This also is the time for Sunday's Fair Diddley at the Woodstock Square, where hundreds of crafters and artisans show their wares, so Sunday you can shop Fair Diddley and bring home some Kettle Corn!

Marengo Ridge is one of the McHenry County Conservation District campground sites that is set around beautiful wooded hiking paths and interpretive nature trails. The camp host (Site 4) will have electricity that they will share for Sunday morning group coffee & breakfast needs and evening entertainment/potluck needs. This is an economical weekend get together (no rally fee) that we are guarenteed to have a great time with great folks.

Rally Itinerary

  • 1) Friday - afternoon arrive and set up your campsite, explore the campground or take it easy.
  • 2) Friday - evening trailer tour, crazy hat contest and coctail party. Around 6:30 we meet at the host site (#4) & then we visit each trailer and share a coctail and a snack (appetiser or sweet) at each trailer stop. Be prepared to share your favorite drink and munchie with the group. Afterwords we can re-group at the host site and have a group campfire and card game night (we will have a crazy hat contest and awards will be given).
  • 3) Saturday - morning and afternoon are open for you to explore the park (plenty of hiking paths) or the town of Marengo or even the Union Train Museum.
  • 4) Saturday - evening is pot luck dinner night, prepare your favorite pass around dish and we meet at the host site at 6:30 to enjoy the food of many! After Dinner we will gather around the group campfire and tell tall tales of past and future camping trips.
  • 5) Sunday - morning is complimentary hot coffee and a dutch oven breakfast with a morning campfire at the host site (feel free to add a goodie to the breakfast table - coffee, eggs and bacon will be provided by the host).
  • 6) Sunday - afternoon time to say good bye to your new friends pack up and go home at your leasure.

Rally Costs and How to Register

Please register by phone by calling the McHenry County Conservation District (815-338-6223) to reserve your boondock site (feel free to use your own battery or generator) in the Thomas Woods RV section in Marengo Ridge. Click on the map link on the right, to see the Thomas Woods camp site map. There are 18 total RV-Trailer sites ---- lets fill them all and use this first outing of the season to get our rigs out of storage and loaded up for a fun rally season!

Cost is: $12 per night for McHenry County Residents and $18 per night for non-residents (Totaling $24 or $36) with a $2 or $5 registration fee. There is no Rally fee, but we may need to pass the hat for a group firewood contribution (any use of firewood must be purchased from the camp host - due to the emerald ash borer prevention efforts).

Once you have reserved your site, please e-mail with the following information:

1) Your Site Number

2) Your Vintage Rig Year and Type (i.e. 1958 Yellowstone)

3) Names of the folks in your party that will be camping

Please note: Sites 0 and 4 are the only two electric sites and they have been reserved for the host events/group meeting needs; Site 4 will have Sunday morning complimentary coffee available and electricity available for any evening social needs and potluck dinner needs.

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