The Trailer Tour begins to really turn its wheels in June. We start off at a huge music event called Bonnaroo on June 11 held in Tennessee. The lineup includes Eminem, Neil Young, Primus, Alison Krauss, and many more. This is not a volleyball tournament, but rather a four day, multi-stage camping and music festival with over 300,000 attendees. It is our generation’s Woodstock, and a great opportunity to show the world what PLASTIC is made of. We do a few of these huge music festivals each year, and they are a great way for us to see what is going on outside of the volleyball world as well as to remind the world of our sport. These types of events allow us to spread the good word of volleyball to people that might be interested in getting involved in our great lifestyle. Visit bonnaroo.com for more details.
The weekend of June 18 we find ourselves in Vail, Colo., for the Father’s Day Volleyball Classic. June is spring in the Rockies, and the snow up top is melting into waterfalls that are literally cascading into the valley above your head while you play. It’s tough to serve receive when the pass is glinting emerald and azure, and the grass is so green it feels like a crime to step on it. Obviously, I love being in the mountains and so do the more than 400 teams that participate in this event every year. A third of the teams are juniors paired up with their dads and it’s great to see that growing aspect of the sport; it’s the juniors that spell tomorrow for our sport. See kingofthemountainvolleyball.com for more details.
On June 25 we head down the hill and into the Great Plains towards one of the largest grass events of the year, the Pottstown Rumble (pottstownrumble.com). Billed as the “toughest grass tournament in the nation” this event is filled with tough local talent. Held in the rolling hills outside of Philadelphia, the Rumble draws a huge crowd every year and features carnival-style food vendors, dog-scaring fireworks, tons of friendly people and great competition at every level. Aside from the great volleyball and cool people, there are numerous battle locations from both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars very close by, which makes it a great trip for the whole family.
Look for our Midwest stops in next month’s article, and make sure to check out our full line of volleyball gear at plasticclothing.com. Hope to see you on the beach!
Originally published in June 2011