Wed Jul 6, 2016
Atwood Lake Campground will be awash in teardrops again when the fourth annual Tearstock Rolling Home Tour convenes in Mineral City, Ohio, from July 12-16.
The event sponsored by Little Guy Worldwide, premier distributor of the popular teardrop campers, is far from a sad affair. Owners of the iconic trailers come from all over the USA and Canada to celebrate their love for camping in their special home away from home.
Tearstock organizers are expecting a record number of attendees for the 2016 edition, with more than 100 colorful trailers expected to roll into the main campground and overflow areas.
Janine Pettit, the host of the “Girl Camper” podcast, will join the Tearstock crowd on July 13-14. Through her podcast and social media connections, Pettit has helped fuel the “girl camping” movement by showing women (and even some men) what is involved in owning, operating and towing their own travel trailer.
She hopes to educate, encourage and empower women to join the Girl Camper family through her media work, public appearances and Camper College workshops hosted by dealerships. She plans to do a live podcast during her two-day visit, according to a press release.
Little Guy Worldwide and the Teardrop Shop will provide gift bags and a welcoming dinner for campers on July 12. Hamburgers, fries, milkshakes and other goodies will be served from Swenson’s Food Truck. An outdoor movie on the big screen is scheduled for Wednesday night.
A home wine and craft beer tasting event is set for Thursday. Campers are encouraged to bring a few bottles of wine and beer from their home area for others to sample. Deejay Dave Glenn Alley will play music outdoors for the Tearstock attendees on Thursday and Friday evening.
A potluck dinner is scheduled for Friday along with presentation of Rolling Home Tour Awards for campers who traveled the furthest to attend, for the most creative trailer modifications, and for best-looking campsite. Checkout time is 2 p.m. Saturday.
A large tent store will give visitors a place to shop for trailer accessories, T-shirts, jewelry and mementos of their Tearstock experience. Campers can also sign up for tour at a nearby teardrop manufacturing facility.
The main camping area has been sold out. For information on other camping spots, call Atwood Lake Campground at 330-343-6780.