Our National Musters are held annually in the Fall. They are attended by over 200 Military Veterans
from across the country. Each year, it is sponsored by a different group of volunteer members who
work tirelessly to ensure a great time is had by all.
2018 National Muster Details
2018_Advanced Team in Mineola
Our 2018 National Muster will be in Mineola, Texas with Opening Ceremonies on
25 and Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, September 30 th th.
Place: Mineola Civic Center and RV Park. 1150 N. Newsom, Mineola, TX 75773. Note:
Enter Civic Center via the Ivy Street gate.
Registration Fee: - $200 for two person rig, $100 for single person rig,
and $100 for each additional person. Tour Fee is to be paid with the Registration Fee.
Earliest arrival date: Recommended earliest is September 19 th. We
recommend arriving on September 24 th at the latest. If you are attending Tour 1, you
will need to arrive on or before the 23 rd, as the tour begins at 08:30, on the
24 th. Muster departure is on Monday October 1 st, by noon.
Camping: Nightly camping fee will be $30 and will be paid upon at registration.
th Anniversary National Muster
th Anniversary National Muster is hosted by the SMART Past Presidents, some of the most
experienced members who enjoy sharing the military camaraderie and fun that SMART provides. Based on
previous feedback, we are starting a day earlier than usual to deliver an extra day of interesting
seminars, games, crafts, and friendship experiences along with some great entertainment activities.
Theres time for great food, fellowship, making new friends, and enjoying local area experiences.
Well have high-value seminars pertinent to RVing, life, and our shared military backgrounds. Vendors
at the muster will provide high-quality RV and lifestyle items for sale. Plan on staying through Closing
Ceremonies on Sunday evening. There will be great door prize baskets and the $750 Grand Prize drawing toward
the SMART Caravan of your choice.
We set the schedule so that you can participate in SMART caravans before and after the National Muster
Two-Step to Texas & 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta).
Two tours, Dallas & Tyler (see below) will show you local area interesting sites. In addition to opening
and closing ceremonies, you will experience some local area vocal talent and also get to show of your own
talents in our Saturday Night Talent Show (individual and chapter acts needed). The USA flag retirement
ceremony will continue to be a memorable experience bringing back military service memories. Bring your
dancing shoes as we will teach the Texas two-step couple dance and Texas Stomp line dances at our DJ led
If you golf, show up early and join the Duffers Chapter (contact info coming) sponsored golf tournament
and practice rounds.
Make sure you visit The worlds largest flea market,
Cantons Original First Monday Trade Days
open September 27 th through the 30 th.
Crafters will enjoy the time making Mosaic Plaques taught/led by your Muster Masters
cousin from Dallas. Lots of card/board games are scheduled. Lets beat last 2017 National Musters
record of 27 table card bingo.
Mineola, Texas, is located in Northeast Texas, 15 miles north of Tyler, The Rose Capitol of
the United States, and half way between Dallas, TX, & Shreveport, LA. The town, with a current population of
around 4,500 people, was established in the 1870s as a railroad intersection and still has an Amtrak
Station serving Dallas/Ft Worth. It is near Canton, TX, renowned for the worlds largest flea market.
While rich in history, Mineola is a modern refurbished town many antique stores. Temperatures will be in the 80s
during the day and 60s at night with a slim chance of rain.
Mineola - Depot & Train Museum, Waldo Way Dairy Farm, and the Nature Preserve.
Gladewater - The antique capital of East Texas.
Lindale - Miranda Lambert home and Pink Pistol store, Parrot Park & Agriculture Museum, and
the Tiger Creek Big Cat Refuge 10 miles east of Lindale.
Tyler - Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Rose Museum & Gardens, Tyler Museum of Art, Whitaker-McClendon House,
Brookshires World of Wildlife Museum, Center for Earth and Space Science Education, Goodman-LeGrand
House, Camp Ford Historic Park, Chamblee Rose Nursery, The Childrens Park, Discovery Science Place,
Tyler Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, Kiepersol Estates Winery and Museum.
Opening Ceremonies, Golf Tournament, Tour 2, and some seminars are on
September 25 th. Recommend arriving September 24 th or earlier, giving you time to
visit the local area and make new SMART friends. Muster Start: September 25 th, Depart October,
1 st. Earliest parking team arrival date is September 18 th. You can arrive earlier,
but may have to enter via the west entrance to the Mineola Civic Center and RV Park from 1199 N. Newsom St.
(From Ivey St gate continue west to Newsom, then right).
Travel directions: Please enter the civic center grounds from the south off of Ivey St.
(GPS: 599 Ivey St, Mineola, TX). Mineola Civic Center, South Gate, 599 Ivey St, Mineola, TX 75773. Due
to small roads around the Civic Center, coming from any direction we want you to use Loop 564 around Mineola
to TX FM 1254 that turns into Ivey St. and enter at the South Gate (599 Ivey St).
Traveling east/west on I-20, take Exit 556, north on US Highway 69 for 13.5 miles, right exit onto E Loop 564
for 4 miles, left on TX FM 1254 continue onto Ivey St., right at gate (599 Ivey St). into Mineola Civic Center.
Follow SMART signs, you will be directed to your site.
Traveling south or west on I-30, take Exit 124, right onto exit ramp, left/south on TX 154E to Quitman, TX,
right on TX 37S to Mineola, left exit onto E Loop 564 (just past Walmart), 0.8 Miles to right on TX FM 1254
st exit), continue onto Ivey St., right (599 Ivey St) into Mineola Civic Center. Follow SMART
signs and you will be directed to your site.
Tours are planned for Monday, September 24
th and Tuesday, September 25 th
Tour #1: Dallas Arboretum, Botanical Garden, and George W. Bush Museum - Monday,
September 24 th: Participants should arrive at the Civic Center Main Building by 8:00.
The bus departs at 8:30 and returns at approximately 17:00. These are Trip Advisors #1 & #3
things to do in Dallas. Cost of the tour is $85.00 per person and includes lunch. Maximum of 56
Tour #2: Tyler Rose Museum & Gardens, The American Freedom Museum, and The Goodman-Legrand
House & Museum - Tuesday, September 25 th. Participants should arrive at the
Civic Center Main Building by 8:00. The bus departs at 8:30 and returns at approximately 17:00.
Cost of the tour is $35.00 per person with lunch, on your own, at Lubys Cafeteria. Lunch cost
not included. Maximum of 56 people.
Possibility of a
Poker Run Tour visiting designated sites around area,
picking up playing cards at each site to make the best poker hand, and having dinner and social time
in the evening. Time: TBD on September 24th. More to come if available.
Civic Center Meeting Facilities