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'Murica -Trailer Trash Bash' themed rally June 16 in Cardwell

Dozens of trailer trash themed camper trailers will converge at the Cardwell Campground on June 16 for the sixth annual Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally.

The 2022 Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally welcomes trailers built in or before 1979 to participate in the "Murica - Trailer Trash Bash" themed event. Those interested in viewing the trailer trash themed, vintage trailers can attend the rally's open house event on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The open house is free to the public; however, the rally will give any donations collected to Royal Family Kids Camp, a summer camp for foster children.

During the open house, the public can walk through all the decorated trailers and vote on their favorites in three different categories. The trailer with the most votes in each category will receive a prize. The 2021 Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally in Three Forks handed out a best of show, a time capsule and a best display award.

The Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally has reserved 30 spots with water and electric hookups, 20 dry camping spots and one cabin site. Tent spots are also available for trailer sites. Rally attendees will also have access to on site showers and bathrooms. A Jan. 25 post on the Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally Facebook page reminds attendees, "if you have a generator, bring it!"

Those interested in attending can reserve one of the several spots still available at and text the Boldys at (707) 738-8607. Attendees must pay a $25 rally fee.

In addition to the open house, the rally will feature a variety of activities just for the campers. These activities include a trailer trash cooler contest, a potluck, bingo and a ball where a trailer trash King and Queen will be crowned.

The rally Facebook page encourages rally participants to bring everything and anything trailer trash themed. This includes belt buckle beer holders, aluminum can wind chimes and an inflatable beach ball swimsuit.

Six years ago, Kelly and Matt Boldy–a couple from northern California–went looking for a Montana trailer rally, but found none. "Where we came from they were everywhere," the Boldy's said in an email to the Three Forks Voice. "So we decided to put one on, thinking there has to be some other folks with the same passion as us." The first year 17 people and their vintage trailers showed up. This year Kelly and Matt Boldy, the rally organizers, expect anywhere from 45 to 60 participants.

"This event is fun for the whole family and fills both mine and my husband's heart with all the new friends we have made," Kelly Boldy said.