View original topic: "Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #35" Sept 3rd thru 6th, 2021
BulliBill Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:35 pm

Here we go again... FINALLY!!!

"Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #35"

Formerly, and also known as "Buses By The Arch". A family-oriented VW camping weekend!

Friday, Sept 3rd through Monday Sept 6th, 2021 (The entire Labor Holiday Day weekend!)

Website for updated event info: http//

It's time again to make plans to attend the premier Midwest VW Type 2 camping event! On average, we are delighted to host roughly about 100 Buses. (Check out past event coverage in the July, 2011 issue of "Hot VWs Magazine".)

Come join us for the upcoming "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch" camping weekend. This family camping event will feature a gathering of VW Transporters of all types and eras from all over the USA. While predominantly a Type 2 event, all models of VW are welcome to camp with us! We are looking forward to seeing you and your Transporter amidst all the "Split-windshields", "Bubble-windshields", Vanagons, and EuroVans as well as any other VW types and models this Fall. All models and years of VWs are invited, and only VWs are allowed inside the BNNTA event campground.

"Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #35" will be held rain or shine over the
long Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday, Sept 3rd thru Sep 6th, 2021. We will gather again at the "group use" campground at Indian Creek Recreation Area. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground is located right alongside 18,000 acre Mark Twain Lake, about 30 miles southwest of historic Hannibal, Missouri. This is a beautiful, federally-run campground with paved roads and parking pads and nice facilities. Most conveniences are available in nearby Monroe City or Hannibal.

On both Friday and Saturday evening we plan to have campfires and music along with VW and other "unusual" door prizes, and parts swapping in addition to the "site-to-site" socializing "Bus-banter" that this VW camping event is famous for. On Saturday morning we are planning another of our famous "Bus caravans" over to historic Hannibal, the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. "Mark Twain." You'll have lots of time to explore the haunts of his hometown, or tour "Injun Joe's cave." You won't want to miss it!

UPDATE! In an effort to be safer during these pandemic times, we will still host a Saturday afternoon gathering to eat at the pavilion. But instead of bringing "pot luck" plates to share with others as we have in the past, please only bring your own dinners for yourselves and join us at the pavilion for your dinner and conversation with friends. Thanks for your understanding.

On Saturday evening, owners choice awards will be presented in several Type 2 classes in addition to vendor and participant-donated door prizes. If you have any neat VW-related items to donate, bring them along. On Sunday you are free to enjoy the lake or visit other regional highlights. It should prove to be a relaxed, fun weekend full of great Volkswagen experiences and new friendships.

Our private camping facilities at Indian Creek include our own large, private "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch" group area with some electric hook-ups (first come, first served), fishing, water-sports (bring your water toys), playground, a huge pavilion, toilet and shower facilities, and a nearby boat ramp. The all inclusive camping/event fee is $30 per VW for the entire weekend.

Only VWs that are registered and camping will be admitted into the BNNTA group campground area! Now, please read that last sentence again!

Sites in the BNNTA group campground area can not be reserved in advance. The gates to our campground will be open for arrivals and site selection by about noon on Friday. If you arrive earlier, you could stay nearby in the regular campground at the Indian Creek Recreational Area. Although there should be plenty of room, the earlier you arrive the better.

We are looking forward to your arrival for a long holiday weekend full of Volkswagen fun. Please pass the word around to your VW friends about this Volkswagen camping festival held over the long Labor Day holiday weekend!

So wipe down and pack up those Transporters for the cruise over to Mark Twain Lake for the "Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #35" campout on Friday, Sept 3rd thru Monday Sept 6th, 2021 near Hannibal, Missouri. Please see the website below for lots of photos and information and a link to a mapping program to find your way to BNNTA.

"Buses Nowhere Near the Arch #35"
the "group campground" in the Indian Creek Recreation Area, Mark Twain Lake, MO


From Monroe City, MO:
Take US Route 24 southwest approx. 6.5 miles.
Turn left (south) onto State Route "HH", (WATCH FOR "BNNTA" SIGNS)
Proceed almost 1.75 miles, turn left onto first paved road. Monroe County Road #581. There is an "Indian Creek Marina" billboard as well as a BNNTA event sign at this turn, then proceed a little over 3.5 miles into the "Indian Creek Recreational Area" and watch for BNNTA signs on the right for the turn to the "Group Use Area"; then follow the BNNTA signs into the "Group Use Area".

Welcome to "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch"! We'll see you there!

Bill Bowman

BulliBill Sun Aug 22, 2021 1:11 pm

Here is a display of 3 generations of VW Double-Cab at the BNNTA event several years ago...


BulliBill Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:24 pm

The weather forecast for this event is looking pretty nice! We hope to see many of you soon...


DMacIndy Tue Aug 31, 2021 8:15 pm

Wanda will be coming from Indiana.

BulliBill Wed Sep 08, 2021 6:46 am

"Wanda" was there on display and being camped in and drew a lot of attention. I like the unusual wheel treatment on her too. Thanks for making the long drive west to Mark Twain Lake, MO to join all of us this past weekend! We are hoping that we'll see you and "Wanda" again soon, next year at the 36th BNNTA weekend at the very least!


BulliBill Thu Sep 30, 2021 12:17 pm

"Longest distance driven in a Bus with reduction boxes" was won by Nick Brucia from North Carolina.

"Longest distance driven in a Bus/Van (w/o reduction boxes)" was won by an entrant from central Arizona! (actually two different Buses all the way from central AZ)


BulliBill Sun Dec 26, 2021 10:49 am

We can confirm that we hold the campground again for the 2022 Labor Day weekend. and "conditions permitting" we will again host the 36th "Buses Nowhere Near The Arch" (BNNTA #36) weekend on Sept 2nd thru 5th, 2022! There is a thorough "event listing" already in the upcoming events listing area for Sept 2022.

Mark your calendars!


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