Curiosity finally got to me, so on my way home from Colorado I decided to give Gillette a whirl coming up from the south on I-25. I took off from Ft. Collins at 6:00 am. The highs that morning was 59 in BOTH Gillette and FC, and got up to 75 by evening in Gillette. So much for mind blowing heat! It's just like home, some good days, some bad days...whatta ya want here?
County road 59 leading into Gillette was uneventful, other than an abundance of smashed JACK (not your typical bunnies) Rabbits and antelopes. No joke, they could be a hazard! Some could of been Jackalopes, but they had been smashed by too many tires to tell.
I arrived early after noon at Cam Plex, and found the roads to and from easy to get around on and the facility easy to find. Gillette is not a Ho Dunk type of town, but a busy metropolis with what appears to be a thriving economy.
Barb, the administrator of Cam Plex event Center met me at the main building, and provided free camping overnight while I took a few pics. The overall facility was twice as big as West Bend, and is set up to accommodate anything like our group to a full blown extravaganza.
Cam Plex was hosting a county fair and getting ready for a regional Rodeo over the next few days. Barb set me up in the "Box Elder Campground" which she was under the impression from MOA that we would not be interested in...wellll I don't know about that! Box Elder may work perfect for the Quiet types and RVs who want electric. There were full blown mobile home shower/sinks/bathroom arrangements throughout the campground, and obviously could/would add to the expense. The area had nice green grass, but was about as far away from the action as the further most tent area in West Bend. I liked it!
Potential Beer Garden? Or Stage area? They had a stage of the same size as West Bend in this tent.
Lots of paved parking and a neat apperance
This area was in the front, and sort of reminded me of where all the vendors set up in West Bend.
There also was several LARGE (this is Wyoming) places indoor under the grandstands that could work as food or vendor areas, education areas- more secure than outside...
the main building was in use as a fair and was sort what you see is what you get; a great big %$%^& building with good lighting and multiple uses... If it rained, yo could bring the whole shebang inside if you wanted1 it was that big!
the facility had several LARGE tents which I must assume were permenent fixtures however I'm not SURE. At least the same configuration could be used for the MOA.
One interesting note, they have a full blown dirt race track set up around the main grandstands. Listen up Powers of MOA: Think flat track racing! What a kick to draw them in as putting on a flat track race! The facility is big enough and well designed enough to seperate out the grandstand from the majority of the facility, allowing for day/pay customers to come in for the race and to view the "historical Beemers" in the secure area under the grand stand! Just an idea in case on of yaall are actually reading this post! Think amature race! Could be fun! Think Antique race! Just puttin in my 2 cents here!
My new friends...don't tell my wife...
the sun went down on that first day, I went and ate at a Applebees