The GAthering of Bolters Fest (GABFest)
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So, when are we gonna get together?
Stovebolters have been gathering on their own in larger and larger numbers over the past few years (starting with Montana Andy's gathering in 2000). The "Texas Connection" (Bolters) have been meeting on their own for several years now. We rallyed the 'Bolters at the ATHS National Show in Baltimore in May, 2006. For the third year, a large gathering of 'Bolters made it to KCMongo's event in Kansas City in September, 2007 -- THE Stovebolt event of the year! The British Columbia (Canada) Bolters have been meeting monthly for a year now. (And more than just meeting ... come see!)
Remember, we are not a "club" actually ... Stovebolt Gatherings just came naturally! Kinda like that "branding" thing!
How this works
We target good shows to piggy back on. We found the best ones are shows that aren't so big or well-established that they would not be interested in our plan. The small to medium-sized shows seem to work well, as those shows appreciate our help in bringing in trucks that might not otherwise attend. Then, we identify a Stovebolt Coordinator for each particular show. All a coordinator needs to do is make contact with the show staff to secure a parking area for the Stovebolters, act as a show ombudsman for attending 'Bolters and hand out door prizes.
This works because it happens at the grassroots! Members of the Stovebolt.com online community will need to determine, and coordinate, their own events.
We need Events & Coordinators!
We can't do all of this ourselves, you know! We need a little help!! If you have a show you think would make a good venue for a GABFest and you are willing to coordinate 'Bolter attendance, let us know! Being a GAthering of Bolters Coordinator isn't as hard as you think (check some of the details from Alvin "AChipmunk" Parris and the Southern Stovebolters GABFest -- he's got it nicely laid out). The beauty is that you don't have to set up an event (that's done by whoever sets up the show we're attending / supporting / freeloading off of...). All you have to do is
That's it!!! So easy, even John can do it!!
2011 Events & GABFests
Check the Events Forum for details on each event.
Be sure to check out our new Calendar -- Know of a good event? Add it to our calendar!
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