Tiffin dorm reservations – IMPORTANT UPDATE (2/1/17). See below, Alternate Lodging.
What you get with GOBA: GOBA is a camping tour
Your registration includes primitive tent camping (which means no electricity or water is provided to individual campsites). All GOBA participants will be able to tent camp together in the one GOBA campground (usually a fairground, park, school, or college campus), or in adjacent overflow camping areas. Shade for the tent camping areas is not guaranteed! In the campground, you will find access to portable toilets, inside toilets and restrooms, free showers (inside or in shower trucks), drinking water, first aid, an information booth, and usually food and beverages for purchase. It is against health & fire department regulations to have a fire or cookstove in the GOBA campground. Signs will be posted that will show you where our host facility has determined that no tents are allowed. If you have questions about this while on tour, please inquire at the GOBA Information Booth. Quiet hours in camp are 9:30 pm-5:00 am.
Campgrounds for GOBA 2017:
❖ Saturday night, June 17: Findlay, Hancock County Fairgrounds
❖ Sunday & Monday nights, June 18 & 19: Tiffin, Hedges Boyer Park
❖ Tuesday night, June 20: Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County Fairgrounds
❖ Wednesday & Thursday nights, June 21 & June 22: Bellefontaine High School & Blue Jacket Park
❖ Friday night, June 23: Hardin County Fairgrounds
Route and town details subject to change; watch newsletters and our homepage for updates
ALTERNATE LODGING OPTIONS: You are welcome to take advantage of alternative lodging options, such as gym floor sleeping space, hotels and B&Bs, or dorm rooms in our host communities at your own expense.
Any costs associated with the following options are at your own expense.
Residence Halls for 2017 in Tiffin: As of 2/1/17 the dorm rooms are SOLD OUT. However, we are working with the university to secure additional rooms. We plan to ANNOUNCE ON MARCH 1 about whether we can re-open the dorm reservations. Check back here on Wed., March 1. At this time, we can only accept reservations if postmarked January 31 or before. Please do not send in reservations if you haven’t already done so; we will not be able to hold them and will return them to you. If you mailed in a reservation and payment prior to today, you will receive an emailed confirmation by February 15.
GOBA-2017 Residence Hall Housing, Tiffin, Ohio – Heidelberg University. (updated 2/1/17)
● Currently, all rooms are sold out. Check back March 1 for updates. See above paragraph for details.
● 2-night stay: Sunday, June 18, and Monday, June 19, 2017.
Gym Floor Sleeping Space for 2017: Floor sleeping space may be very limited, since stringent fire regulations limit the facilities that can offer this. Availability will be announced in the March & May newsletters. All space is first-come, first-served. The fee you pay for the space goes 100% to local non-profit groups.
Other local lodging options, such as home stay programs, etc.): if available, they will be in the March and May GOBA newsletters. Although GOBA encourages the towns to offer these options, it is up to the towns to determine if they can. Be sure to check at the Local Information Booth as you arrive in each town for last-minute additions.
Motel Package Not Available in 2017: The package that was previously offered by Ohio Travel Treasures is not an option this year, since OTT staff is not available during GOBA 2017.
Hotels: In addition to doing a hotel search in the Internet, we highly recommend you contact each of the local visitors bureaus for the latest on lodging availability, including hotels and B&Bs. Be sure to ask them the distance to the campground. We make no claims about the quality of these establishments. Most rooms are gone by early spring, even earlier in towns with very limited beds. We suggest you ask for written confirmation or a confirmation number and reconfirm these reservations before the tour.
You must make your own reservations and your own arrangements to get to and from these motels; GOBA will deliver your baggage in large luggage trucks to the designated campgrounds, but not beyond. Be sure to mention to the motel that you are with GOBA. You may ask these motels if they have a baggage shuttle service available. [The GOBA town bus shuttle is limited and does not serve the hotels.]
In order to get their necessities to their motel, many riders bring a small pannier or backpack. Each day, they take just what they will need for the night from their larger bag and leave this bag in the campgrounds with a friend. They then can ride to their motel with a light load. In the morning, they ride with the pannier back to camp and load the overnight things back in the larger bag, put it on the truck, and are ready to go.
Contact these bureaus and chambers: Please note, some of the towns are limited on hotels, so any B & Bs will go fast.
Saturday, June 17
Findlay, OH 45840
● Findlay-Hancock County Alliance
Sunday & Monday, June 18 & 19
Tiffin, OH 45883
● Destination Seneca County
Tuesday, June 20
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
● Wyandot County Visitors Bureau
Wednesday & Thursday, June 21 & 22
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
●Logan County Visitors Bureau/Area Chamber of Commerce
Friday, June 23
Kenton, OH 43326
● Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance