Campers travel to yesteryear during retro weekend at Pomona Lake

Matthew and Sandi Brandes, of Ottawa, proudly shared their 1969 Aristocrat camper with visitors while going retro at Pomona Lake last weekend. 


Campers and visitors traveled back in time during the Friends of Pomona State Park retro weekend celebration July 11-13. A dozen vintage campers gathered in Waucondah Campground for the “Going Retro at Pomona Lake” event, which also included a vintage car cruise-in with about 50 cars and their owners participating.

Becky Schmale, of Scranton, had a camper that is the same age as Pomona Lake – the weekend event was held in conjunction with Osage County’s celebration of the lake’s 50th anniversary. Schmale’s 1964 Serro Scotty Tonga, along with the other vintage campers from around the region, was featured in an open house Saturday afternoon.


Becky Schmale’s 1964 Serro Scotty Tonga is the same age as Pomona Lake.

Most of the campers were decorated in 1960s and 1970s themes, with items from that era including 8-track players, phonographs, typewriters and table top radios. In addition to vintage campers, there were two teardrop-type campers, small homemade trailer campers that were once popular among do-it-yourselfers.

Although the campers were old, most had modern convenience of air conditioners, which were gratefully enjoyed by owners and visitors during the 90-degree temperatures Saturday afternoon.

More photos of Going Retro at Pomona Lake are here.


Hosts Della and Steve Bailey, Cleveland, Mo., opened their 1962 Winnebago to visitors during a vintage camper open house Saturday at Pomona State Park.


Campers enjoy a shade tree in the front yard of the “Gypsy Rose”, a  colorfully painted 1966 Beeline, during the retro weekend at Pomona State Park.


The Brandes’ camp included their 1969 Aristocrat and homemade teardrop camper, patterned after plans from an old Popular Mechanics magazine.

More photos of Going Retro at Pomona Lake are here.

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