Archive for August, 2011

The Enormously Popular and Unbelievable Mid-Century Show

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Did you know there is an affordable event where you can show off your vintage or retro Airstream? It’s the annual Denver Modernism Show, August 26-28, where mid-century art, furniture, technology, cars, and YES, Airstreams will be on display at the National Western Stock Show Expo Hall.


Chris & Jim hang out with Rob & Shari Davis in front of their award winning 1956 Safari

Vintage Airstream owners were first invited to this event in 2008 and I believe that was the first time Airstreams were included as exhibitors at any modernism show in the country. So, we made a little bit of history. Vintage and new Airstreams with a retro design are welcome. Last year, Chris Hildenbrand & Jim Lane brought a 2006 Bambi Quicksilver and Jim Dauer & Susan Tiegs their 2007 75th Anniversary Bambi (designed by David Winick).

This year there’s more room for us – away from the rock & roll bands. So, if you want to show off your Airstream or even sell it, this is the event. Likewise, you have the opportunity to sell your own mid-century items and artwork. It doesn’t have to be Airstream related, just mid-century modern. Thousands attend this show. You can’t just buy this kind of opportunity.

That’s because it’s free to us! The cost of admission and participation is that you bring an Airstream and are willing to let the public view it on Sunday, August 28, 2011.

Worried that all that traffic might scuff the floors or scratch the finish? Don’t be, you are in control of who goes into your trailer. The public has been respectful of our property. We simply drape a ribbon or cord across the open door and they realize that they can look in, but not go in. Stage the interior, turn on all the lights (power is available), and open the curtains. This lets them look through the windows, but not open cabinets and drawers. Everybody is happy!

Don’t have anything to sell, but want to shop? There will be vendors from around the nation selling a wide variety of vintage and contemporary MID-CENTURY, ART DECO, RETRO, POP & MODERNIST FURNISHINGS, ARTWORK & OBJECTS. In addition, comedian, Charles Phoenix, returns to MC and entertain.

Want to really get into it and go back in time? Can you tap-dance, play an instrument, or sing? There will be a Miss Modernism Pageant on Friday night at 8 PM (open to the Mrs. too)! Throw out your preconceptions, it’s all for fun with Contestants judged on: 1) Retro Mod Style; 2) Charm and Personality; 3) and Talent! Enter to WIN a $500 Shopping Spree at the Denver Modernism Show, or a trip to Palm Springs Modernism Week!

There really is so much more to see and do that you’ll have to go to the website to read about it:

Due to close quarters and limited maneuvering room, there are some restrictions. 30 amp dry camping is available outdoors for $20/night.  If you are interested contact Forrest McClure, at or call 720-748-5328.

About the Author

Hi, my name is Forrest McClure. I've been writing for the magazine since its inception. My wife and I travel with our 1966 20' Globe Trotter or our 1986 32' Excella. So, my primary interest is vintage travel trailers.