The 35th Annual
Georgia State WIT Rally
April 19 - 22, 2007
The 2007 Georgia Winnie Rebels State Rally “A Western Roundup” has closed and now recorded in the history books! We had 110 coaches attend along with a varied group of vendors, making this a successful rally. The rally was held at the Georgia Fair Grounds and Agra-center, located in Perry, GA. A large group of friends from Florida attended, along with 10 other states being represented in addition to Georgia.
The rally officially began on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.. The opening ceremony featured a color guard from a local high school presenting the flags and a warm welcome from Mayor James Worrall.
We had a fine complement of vendors providing both goods and services to the attendees. At the top of the list was John Bleakley Motor Homes, who provided coaches for viewing and for sale along with service technicians to take care of emergency repairs. Blue Ox provided free “tune-ups” for existing Blue Ox tow bars and Rally’s R Us was seen all over the park. Coaches were being washed and detailed, carpets were being cleaned and folks were buying new name tags, veteran items, etc. A major run was made on the WIT store, buying new jackets, shirts, and hats.
The main hall for the rally had a large “Hee Haw” style barn center stage, providing the focal point of the room. Tables and walls were decorated in a western motif with cowboy hats, deputy badges and “wanted” posters featuring pictures of many members of the state club. A hearty thanks to the Huelsbeck’s for the design and building of the barn and the Tomsett’s for the table and wall decorations.
In addition to typical seminars being provided, special emphasis was given to the ladies this year, including a craft seminar (36% of the ladies attended) and a ladies driving class was conducted with 31 women completing the class representing 56% of the ladies at the rally! Hay rides were enjoyed by all and the Saturday afternoon square dance turned out to be as much fun for those watching as for those actually dancing! Dick and Mikki Dodge, WIT Eastern Area Representatives, held a seminar reviewing WIT tours.
Myra Stainback was the entertainment director and boy did she deliver! Friday night Ray Shaw kept everyone laughing and clapping to the beat of his varied selection of songs. The highlight of the rally was the Saturday night entertainment. Myra produced a musical (?) that highlighted the spectacular talents of our own WIT members. “Minnie Pearl” opened the show followed by singers, skits, line dancing and comedians. The show was closed by singing a medley of gospel songs. DVD’s of the show were made available for sale and pick-up early Sunday morning.
Following Sunday morning continental breakfast, State Chaplain Henry Good presented a heart felt devotional. Then it was Happy Trails time as everyone told old and new friends goodbye and wished them a safe trip.