Our 2017 National Muster will be in Rayne, Louisiana
Welcome to Rayne, Louisiana, the Frog Capital of the World & Louisianas City of Murals. Things are really hopping in Rayne. This prairie town has it all. From friendly folks to mesmerizing murals, weve got plenty to rally around.
Were conveniently located just off Interstate 10 in the heart of Cajun Country and were known for our warm hospitality and quality service. The park, adjacent to the 20,000 square-foot City of Rayne Civic Center, contains more than 700 camper sites. The City of Rayne is a thriving community with great restaurants, one of Americas last remaining five-and-ten-cent stores, friendly residents and a relaxing, small-town atmosphere. History of Rayne
Early arrivals will be able to participate in the International Rice Festival that will be held the week before in Crowley, Louisiana as well as take part in tours of attractions in the Rayne and Lafayette area. The muster will be filled with good entertainment, several vendors who will be selling numerous items of all types, including RVs and RV products. Attendees will be able to participate in several games including ladder jacks, corn toss, hand and foot, pinochle and many more. We will also have a US Flag retirement ceremony to honorably retire those flags that have flown and are no longer serviceable.
The Rayne/ Lafayette area is well known for its abundance of good food. Participants will be served four excellent meals and also four breakfasts of equal quality. Food tours are available before and during the muster that will expose you to this great food and how it is prepared.
Other tours will be available that will take you to the Mcllhenny/Tabasco Family Museum, the greenhouse of pepper plants, the barrel house and blending vats. This tour will also take you to the Konriko Rice Mill where you will see how rice is processed. Another tour will take you to the Ford Motor Building, the German Fest Museum, and a working rice and crawfish farm. The tours are very informative and several also provide delicious Cajun cooked meals.
When you attend this muster you will be exposed to the comradery and good friendship of other veterans like yourself. If you are not currently a member of SMART, I encourage you to look into joining so that you can attend the 2017 SMART National Muster. It is going to be a good one.
Laissez les bon temps rouler avec SMART
Let the good times roll with SMART
Dates: October 25th through 29th 2017
National Muster Chairman: Chuck Krieger (850) 390-4140 Email
National Muster Master: Charley Le Blanc (985) 781-4604 Email
Assistant National Muster Master: James Stubbs (228) 863-7343 Email
National Muster Treasurer: Anne Heyob (256) 345-6838 Email
Registration Fee: - $200 for two person rig, $100 for single person rig, and $100 for each additional person.
Parking: $25 per night per rig payable at registration.
Early arrival date is October 20th. Check in time is 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Departure is on October 30th by noon. If you arrive prior to October 20th, you may have to move to a different spot once the parking crew arrives on the 20th.
Bus Tour#1 Tabasco Pepper Factory & Konriko Rice Mill Store - We will tour the McIllhenny Family Museum, the Greenhouses of pepper plants, the Barrel Warehouse, and the Blending Vats Warehouse. Then its on to Konriko Rice Mill in New Iberia. We will see a short slide presentation and tour the oldest operating rice mill in Louisiana.
Bus Tour#2 Germanfest Museum, Ford Motor Building & Kellys Landing - We will tour the Ford Motor Building where Model T Fords were once assembled and a few are still on display. Then its on to the Germanfest Museum, where several German family members of Roberts Cove will provide a tour, video, and a little refreshment. Next stop will be Kellys Landing where Kelly and Lynn will help you to understand their Rice Fields/Crawfish Ponds business which they have run for many years. The evening will end with a meal and musical entertainment.
Cajun Food Tour in Lafayette - $55/person for a 3½-4 hour tour which includes 6 food stops where you get to taste the cuisine of each food business. Besides the food you receive, you will get a complete tour from Marie Ducote who is a local resident of Acadiana and can explain the history, culture and cuisine as she takes you on her 14-passenger shuttle bus. At the end of the tour you will have knowledge of the Cajun culture and will be full of food you have tasted at each of the stops.
Es Kitchen Cajun Cooking Classes - Chef Paul Ayo will teach how to create a popular Creole entrée and sides for a meal to be enjoyed after the class has ended.
Future National Musters
2018 - Past Presidents - Mineola Civic Center and RV Park. 1150 N. Newsom, Mineola, TX 75773
2019 - NE Region