P.J. Hoffmaster State Park’s 5th annual Vintage Camper Gathering Coming June 11

Editor's note: The videos above and below are ones that I took at the Tin Can Tourist Gathering at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Mich., a few weeks ago. Many of the same vintage campers in the above video will also be at Hoffmaster, and the refurbished 1963 Serro Scotty – which is being raffled off for charity – in the video below is confirmed to be there.

Take a step back in time at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park’s 5th annual Vintage Camper Gathering June 11

Campers and day-use visitors are invited to learn about camping "back in the day" at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park's annual Vintage Camper GatheringSaturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road in Muskegon, Michigan.

Vintage camping allows people to catch a glimpse of what
camping was like in the past and have a peek into the
marvelous innovation of campers. (DNR photo)
With more 90 vintage campers and RVs camping in the park – including Airstream, Spartan, Vagabond, Shasta, Holiday Rambler and Serro Scotty models from the 1930s to 1980s – visitors will get a firsthand look at the evolution of camping and several generations of camping innovation.

Many of the campers are members of vintage camping groups such as the "Tin Can Tourists" and "Tear Jerkers."

"The staff at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is looking forward to another successful vintage camping weekend in 2016," said Pat Whalen, unit manager at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. "This event draws in spectators from the local community, giving them the opportunity to step back in time and experience a little bit of camping history."

This year's show includes a campground-wide potluck and live entertainment open to all campers. Campers with a vintage trailer, tent or RV who would like to participate in the open house are encouraged to make early reservations and camp in or near campsites 133-230.

There is no charge to participate in the 5th annual Vintage Camper Gathering, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to Michigan state parks and more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

To learn more about the event, call the park at 231-798-3711 or e-mail Brandon Morrison at brandon_morrison@hotmail.com.