Panamint Valley Days: A team effort

PVD 2014 by Steve Egbert

WOW. Our 29th annual Panamint Valley Days is history and what a historic event it was.

We had great weather (specially ordered), great trails and leaders, a delicious barbecue and the best bunch of volunteers.

The Gear Grinders from Ridgecrest took on the task of spearheading as trails coordinator and run leaders. They prepared trail descriptions with color coordinated dots on the camp map to show the line-up spots for the multitude of runs.

The High Desert Four Wheelers led two runs, prepared the base camp with the generator that lit up the night – especially helpful during registration, ticket sales, dinner, safety checks and the raffle. They also helped Sherri Scari and Mike Johnston from Eastern Sierra 4wdc with the safety checks.

Amanda May did a tremendous job with the kids raffle. The Gear Grinders donated two bicycles and helmets and Bonnie donated a telescope. We had some happy kids.

Steve Egbert was our MC for the evening, with help from Terry Dean for the adult raffle.

We had donations for the raffle from many businesses, clubs and individuals. Please remember them when you are doing your vehicle and regular shopping.

Thanks to: BFG for the tires, Warn Industries for the winch, Advance Adapters for an adapter. Certificates were received from: ARB, Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts, Tuffy Security Products, Metalcloak, Extreme Terrain Off Road Outfitters, Randy’s Ring & Pinion, West Coast Differential, Trail Gear, Auburn Gear, Randy’s Worldwide Automotive, and Marlin Crawler.

4 Wheel Parts donated gift cards, Blue Ribbon donated two memberships, California Casuals donated t-shirts, Hellwig Products – t-shirts and hats, Fun Trek Guidebooks – Colorado Back Road Trail books and Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Center – many books on the Mojave Desert and surrounding areas. Also donating: Kelly Robbins – Damsel in Defense – personal safety items, Coyote Enterprises – tire deflators, Sidekick Off Road – DVD’s and Dirk and Danette donated an ACT Jeep clutch.

Many clubs and individuals donated items or cash for the adult and the kids raffle. Thank you to all who donated.

We had over 149 families who came to this extraordinary place to enjoy the weekend. It’s such a beautiful peaceful area with great trails to travel. You could come out a bunch of times and not get to travel all the trails or see everything.

We thank all who participated and all who volunteered their time to help make this a weekend to remember.

Love you all.

Bonnie and Terry were the co-chairs of Panamint Valley Days 2014.

PS: A chairperson is needed for the 30th annual Panamint Valley Days. Please volunteer. The Gear Grinders have already volunteered to be Trail Coordinators and run leaders. Set the date of November 13-15, 2015 on your calendars.

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