First posted Apr 29, 2011
Last update Sep 11, 2011


2011 Ameri-Camp Family of Owners Rally

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Saturday - Sep 24, Super Early Bird Arrival
ArrivalRegister at the Four Seasons RV Acres Campground Office (All Campground fees must be paid directly to Four Seasons RV Acres prior to your departure.) Setup your RV, rest, relax or explore the campground store or RV center. Meet and visit with other RV Owners.
9:00a-5:00pOn your own, enjoy the Fall Sidewalk Sales, downtown Abilene Stores, off of Third & Buckeye Streets.
4:45pLeave Campground in route to Abilene (Note: We will be driving to all tour attractions, carpooling is encouraged.)
6:00p-9:00pAbilene and Smoky Valley Dinner Train (Kirby House, serving prime rib dinner) Boarding starts one hour before departure (GPS: 200 SE 5th St, Abilene, KS 67410). Feel the power from the 1945 ALCO S-1, with it's 660hp diesel-electric engine that was originally designed for WWII submarines. This engine pulls the excursion train, which includes a 1902 wood KATY passenger car, converted to a dining car, two open air gondola cars, with canopy tops and a caboose, through the Smoky Hill River Valley.
Sunday - Sep 25, Early Bird Arrival
9:45a Leave Campground in route to Abilene, for those wanting to attend Sunday Worship.
10:30a New Trail Fellowship Cowboy Church (GPS: 2373 Flag Road, Abilene, KS 67410) Casual/Country attire and jeans are more than acceptable. Pastor Stan Norman officiating.
5:30p Opening / Rally Welcome and Dessert Social at the Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. Bring your favorite dessert and recipe along with your table service and drink. (Recipes will be added to our Ameri-Camp Family Cookbook.)
7:00p Movie Biography of Dwight D Eisenhower, Commander-In-Chief. (100 Minutes) The authoritative program hinged around the life and legacy of a remarkable American icon who became a well-respected and dedicated advocate for peace and human rights throughout the world.
Monday - Sep 26
9:00a Leave Campground for a tour of the New Horizon RV Plant. Please wear your Rally Shirt for a photo later in the day.
9:30a-11:00aTour of the New Horizon RV Plant. (GPS: 2401 Lacey Drive, Junction City, KS 66441) New Horizons RV Corp was founded in 1989 as a family-owned and operated company, and it continues to this day as one of the very few such RV companies. RV Consumer Group has awarded their only Five Star Rating to New Horizons for over a decade. In addition, Consumer Digest has named New Horizons as their Best Buy. The product has been featured on the cover of Trailer Life three times in seven years the only RV to receive that many cover spreads.
11:30aLunch Sirloin Stockade, Junction City, KS (GPS: 426 Goldenbelt Blvd, Junction City, KS 66441)
2:00pTour of the Custer House, Ft Riley, KS. (Providing the weather is good, we will take an outdoor group photo at this location.) Constructed in 1855 of native limestone, the Custer House is the only surviving set of quarters from the Fort's earliest history and authentically depicts military life on the western frontier during the Indian Wars Period. It is largely unchanged from its original design and furnished with period furniture from the period between 1880 and 1890.
2:30p-4:30pCalvary Museum, Ft Riley, KS. (GPS: 207 Henry Ave, Ft Riley, KS 66442) The building was built in 1855, originally to serve as the base hospital. In 1890, it became the Cavalry School Administration Building until 1957 when it was repurposed as the Fort Riley Historical Museum. It was renamed the U.S. Cavalry museum in 1962. Fort Riley is named in honor of Major General Bennett C. Riley who led the first military escort along the Santa Fe Trail. The fort was established in 1853 as a military post to protect the movement of people and trade over the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe trails. In the years after the Civil War, Fort Riley served as a major United States Cavalry post and school for cavalry tactics and practice. The post was a base for skirmishes with Native Americans after the Civil War ended in 1865, during which time George Custer was stationed at the fort. Later, Fort Riley became the site of the United States Cavalry School in 1887.
7:00p Patriotic/Military Tribute Night, Potluck Dinner Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. Share your stories about your time in the Military or any affiliation you may have had with the Military. Those with the last name beginning with A-M bring a meat dish and those with the last name beginning with N-Z bring a side dish. Also, please bring your own table service and a drink. Again recipes will be collected for our Ameri-Camp Family Cookbook. (Don't forget to bring leftover desserts from Sundays Dessert Social.)
Tuesday - Sep 27
8:30a Leave Campground for Abilene.
9:00aGuided Trolley Tour of Abilene, KS. (GPS: 201 NW Second St, Abilene, KS 67410) Union Pacific Depot. (Fees included in your registration)
10:30aAbilene Heritage Center Telephony/Carousel/Historical Society (GPS: 412 S Campbell Street, Abilene, Kansas 67410) Adults - $4.00; Seniors 62+ - $3.00. The Heritage Center of Dickinson County has both a local historical museum and a number of old buildings which were moved from locations in Dickinson County to the site in Abilene, Kansas. The Heritage Center includes a 1901 C. W. Parker carousel, and several displays devoted to the history of independent telephony.
12:30pLunch Kirby House (GPS: 205 NE 3rd St., Abilene, Kansas 67410) This restaurant was originally a home built in 1885 by banker Thomas Kirby on the original site of the J.G. McCoy home. McCoy brought the cattle industry and the Chisholm Trail to Abilene.
2:00p-4:45p Visit Eisenhower Center, Museum, Chapel & Boyhood Home (GPS: 200 S.E. 4th Street, Abilene, KS 67410) Museum Admission: Adults 16-61 years - $8.00; Seniors 62 years+ - $6.00; Retired military - $6.00. Admission Boyhood Home: $2.00 per person.
During the time of our visit, the 2nd Annual Eisenhower Quilts of Valor Challenge will be displayed September 15th November 30th, 2011. In partnership with the Quilts of Valor Foundation and the Kansas Quilts of Valor, the quilts will be distributed starting in December to service men and women who are physically and/or emotionally injured from any war or conflict.
7:00pWestern/Cowboy Theme Potluck Dinner at the Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. Wear your cowboy hat, boots, & chaps !! Those with the last name beginning with N-Z bring a meat dish and those with the last name beginning with A-M bring a side dish. Also, please bring your own table service and a drink. Again recipes will be collected for our Ameri-Camp Family Cookbook.
8:00pGame Night. Share your favorite games or just come visit with others at the Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. (Camp Store closes at 10:00 PM)
Wednesday - Sep 28
8:00aLeave Campground for Abilene.
9:00aGreyhound Hall of Fame (GPS: 407 S. Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410) Free Admission/Donations. Walk through a story book of Greyhound history and heroes. You will be greeted by the resident retired greyhounds and they will prepare you for an experience like no other.
10:30a Seeyle Mansion Tour (GPS: 1105 N. Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410) (Admission included in registration) The Seelye Mansion is one of the finest homes in Kansas. A New York architect designed the new home in Georgian style for Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Seelye in 1904. It was built in 1905 at a cost of $55,000. The mansion contains the original furniture and Edison light fixtures. You will tour 25 rooms, including eleven bedrooms, ballroom, bowling alley, and kitchen areas. Special items of interest are the beautiful dining room, music room with gold French furniture and Steinway Grand piano, library, and the Tiffany-designed fireplace in the grand hall. The Patent Medicine Museum contains many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Founded in 1890, more than 100 products were sold over a 14-state area. Best known cure-alls included Wasa-Tusa, Fro-zona, and Ner-vena.
12:30pLUNCH Mr. K's Farmhouse Restaurant (Formerly Lena's) On a Friday the 13th in 1939, Lena opened her Farmhouse restaurant with a stag party for 100 men. Until her retirement in 1974, Lena fed tourists from coast to coast, foreign diplomats, secret service men, White House officials to include President Dwight David Eisenhower. In 1995, after nearly 20 years of dormancy, Ed and June Kuntz, purchased Lena's. Shortly thereafter, Lena passed away however, with the help of her sister Nellie, the Kuntzs' were able to restore the "Farmhouse on the Hill". Menu:
2:00p-3:30pShop or Explore Downtown Abilene on your own. (Check your welcome bag for coupons) SOME OF THE MANY LOCATIONS IN ABILENE TO CHOOSE FROM:
  • American Indian Art Center, 206 S. Buckeye Ave., Abilene, KS 67410
  • Jeffcoat Photography Museum, 321 N Broadway, Abilene, KS 67410
  • Abilene Downtown Antique Mall, 313 N Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410
  • Broadway Antique Mall, 324 N Broadway, Abilene, KS 67410
  • Buckeye Antique Mall, 310 N Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410
  • Aksent Jewelry Boutique, 306 N Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410
  • Steinhauser Hallmark, 109 NW 3rd St, Abilene, KS 67410
4:00pRussell Stover Candy Factory (GPS: 1993 Caramel Boulevard, Abilene, KS 67410) The outlet store features the entire line of Russell Stover, Whitman's and Pangburn's candies, plus seasonal close outs and "factory seconds." The Russell Stover Candy store also sells Blue Bell hand dipped ice cream and items prepared in the "kitchen." Workers can be watched through windows as they prepare handmade specialties, cookies, caramel apples in the candy kitchen.
5:30p Dinner Brookville Hotel Abilene. (GPS: 105 E. Lafayette Abilene, Kansas 67410 PH: 785- 263-2244) The Brookville Hotel traces its roots back to the 1870's, when the railroad spread their tracks out across the prairie to meet the expected rush of Longhorn cattle coming up from Texas along the Chisholm Trail. In 2000, the decision was made to move the restaurant to Abilene, locating the restaurant closer to the Interstate Highway which continues to bring a steady stream of people searching out the best fried chicken dinners in Kansas. MENU: Relishes, Sweet-Sour Cole-Slaw (Family Pennsylvania Recipe), Cottage Cheese, One-half Skillet of Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes w/ Cream Gravy, Cream-Style Corn, Baking Powder Biscuits with creamy butter and preserves, Home Style Ice Cream, $14.59, Tea, Coffee, Soda or Milk, $1.99
7:30pRV Open House. Check out your neighbor's RV and share modification ideas !!
Thursday - Sep 29
8:00aCraft & Garage Sale, Hobby Display - Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. Tables and chairs are available in the Campground Club House to display your items.
9:00a-12:00p Art Lessons. Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. Painting on Rocks by Jo Vega of Vega's Art Gallery, a local Art Gallery established in 1997. Take home your finished project. Rocks, paints and art supplies are furnished. Jo will have a few subjects to choose from however, if you would like to paint a portrait of your pet, please bring a photo to class with you that day.
12:00pLunch on your own.
1:00p Leave Campground for Chapman.
1:30p View Extensive Private Budweiser Collection - Galen Hoffman (GPS: 2629 Quail Road, Chapman, KS.)

During the drive - View Chapman Tornado Recovery. On the evening of June 11, 2008, a ½ mile wide tornado swept through Chapman. The tornado moved from the southwest side of town, through the central business district, and then on out of town. Many buildings and structures in the town suffered extensive damage; most of the downtown area was obliterated and over 60 homes were destroyed. At least one person was confirmed dead in early reports. The American Red Cross estimated that seventy-five percent of homes suffered major damage and/or were destroyed.

On January 23, 2009, Friday, in the episode "Tutwiler Family" (2009) of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the show helped Chapman, Kansas to rebuild their lives and homes. In the episode, in addition to rebuilding the Tutwiler home, a coalition of builders, volunteers, and crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition helped neighbors with furniture and some rebuilding, and they built the town's first community center that could also be used as a safe shelter for tornado protection. Chapman Tornado Videos:

3:30p-5:30pKansas Auto Racing Museum. (GPS: 1205 Manor Dr, Chapman, KS 67431) $3.00 Admission (Group Rate).
7:00pPizza Night. (Cost included in registration) Abilene RV Acres Camp Store. Farewell and Closing Ceremony.
Friday - Sep 30
11:00aEither checkout or hangout! For those leaving today, please have a safe trip home. For those staying, let's plan to have a good ol' cowboy campfire and weenie roast. Don't forget to bring out those leftovers !
Bonus Saturday - Oct 1
10:00a -4:00pChisholm Trail Day, Old Abilene Town, Abilene, KS Dickinson County Heritage Center, 412 S. Campbell, Abilene, KS 67410

There will be live entertainment on the main stage featuring Classic Heart, Randy Schumock and the Bill Burrow's Band. On the main stage at 11:30 a.m. there will be a special ceremony called the Community Covenant Signing. The 1st Division, 2nd Brigade and Dickinson County will once again join together to promote the good will of the army towards their surrounding communities and to help educate the general public on the mission of the Army.

This year the Antique Farm Show will feature the Allis-Chalmers tractors and farm equipment. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There will be tractor games at 11 a.m. and the Parade of Power will begin at 1 p.m. Also there will be an antique tractor pull beginning at 2 p.m. There will also be a pedal tractor pull for kids four to twelve years of age. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the pull will begin at 11 a.m. This activity will be free of charge.

Come and learn how the old crafts were done. There will be demonstrations on blacksmithing, chair caning, bread baking, molasses boiling, pioneer cooking, lumber sawing and much more. Inside the Heritage Center make sure you visit the Mud Creek Quilters demonstrating the art of quilting. As a fund-raiser the Dickinson County Historical Society will be giving away a beautiful hand quilted quilt at 3:30 p.m.

Also in the museum the Daughters of the American Revolution will have a booth where you can look up your ancestors for a small fee. Learn more about the DAR and help preserve your family history.

The History Stage will feature Dave Zerfas performing at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Also at the history stage there will be Native American Dances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

If you like trains come and ride the rails as the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad powers up their 1919 Santa Fe 4-6-2 "Pacific" No. 3415 Steam Locomotive. Relive the days of the steam powered trains.

At the festival you will have the opportunity to vote for the Kansas Sampler's 8 Wonders of Kansas People. Abilene has one nomination. Joseph McCoy, "father of the Kansas Cattle Towns". Find out more about McCoy and the other 23 finalists. Or you can go on line at and vote.

During the day visit Old Abilene Town and watch Wild Bill Hickok tame the streets of Abilene in 1871. On Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bill Burrows will hold a "Cowboy Jam Session" at the Alamo Saloon. Don't miss out on the fun and the excitement at the 32nd Annual Chisholm Trail Festival. For more information call 785-263-2681 or check out the website at