Long-Awaited Escapade A Hit for Escapees RV Club
1400 RVers come together again in Wyoming to celebrate RV life
Livingston, Texas- August 2021
After a cancellation in 2020, a postponement in spring 2021, and many, many “what ifs,” the 60th Escapade kicked off July 18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, welcoming 1400 Escapees back together again after many months apart!
Each morning started with educational seminars from experts in the industry and lifestyle, including Winnebago, FCIS, Geeks on Tour, and Escapees’ own safety expert, Jim Koca. Two popular sessions were discussion panels, one each on full-time RVing and boondocking, led by several long-time and experienced RVers.
After soaking up all the education and inspiration possible, attendees kicked back with multiple socials each day, including a few outings to local businesses who welcomed attendees with open arms. Warm, easygoing afternoons rolled into fun evenings with a variety of live entertainment from acts such as Lucy Darling, Few Miles South, The Status Crowes, and even a club talent show. Whether gathered in one of Sweetwater Event Complex’s massive tents or dancing to live music in the midway, Escapees members had a great time.
Kidscapade was also a huge hit this year, encouraging a couple dozen of the club’s youngest attendees to dig deep into the mining history of the area while exploring a variety of STEM activities throughout the week. Led by the club’s Nomadic Families Birds of a Feather (BOF) group, they examined core samples, learned about and practiced photography with Photography BOF volunteers, and capped their week of fun and learning with a water play party.
In a first for Escapade, attendees witnessed a surprise wedding of two of the club’s members. What was intended as a small affair became a celebration that stretched throughout the week as fellow attendees helped the happy couple rejoice in their love. The new bride, Connie DePauz, shared “one thing led to another which resulted in an unexpected, EPIC, magical and joyous event. We will be forever grateful for this fantastic memory, but more importantly, it was an authentic representation of goodwill, generosity, spirit, and love in this community.”
As Escapade attendees departed the Sweetwater Events Complex, they took with them memories of their week together and anticipation of the next time they will be together again with fellow RVers. In the meantime, Escapade Directors, Duane and Jean Mathes, are kicking plans for the next Escapade into high gear as the club gets ready to gather in June 2022 in Lebanon, Tennessee.
About Escapees RV Club
Since 1978, Escapees has been a leader in supporting those who pursue the RVing lifestyle. The club was founded by full-time RVers, Joe and Kay Peterson, at a time when there was no support group for full-timers. Today, the club continues to grow and transform itself according to the needs of its members, supporting them through benefits and educational and social opportunities. Learn more about what is available to Escapees RV Club members at escapees.com.
Sweetwater Events Complex staff warmly welcome Escapees members to Rock Springs during the opening ceremony of Escapade. L to R: Kandi Pendleton (Marketing & Events Manager, SEC), Melanie Carr (seated, Vice-President, Escapees RV Club), Travis Carr (seated, President, Escapees RV Club), Tamara Musgrove (Project Coordinator, SEC), Erika Koshar (Office Manager, SEC), and Larry Lloyd (Executive Director, SEC).
Escapade attendees and staff take a bow amid lots of laughter and applause following their original skit performed as part of Escapade’s Got Talent, the club’s annual talent show. L to R: Sky Renfro, Ashley Kite, Tamika Randolph, Shawn Loring, Kim Wakefield, and Mark Nemeth.
On the last day of Escapade, the kids enjoyed a morning of outdoor water play, having one more day of fun before their RVing families headed off in different directions.