“Jericho” Rally Set for Oakley, Kan.
Campgrounds and motels in and around Oakley, Kan., are preparing to welcome hundreds of visitors over Memorial Day weekend as cult followers of the CBS drama “Jericho” converge on their town of 1,800.
Casual viewers of “Jericho” know that the show depicts life in a fictitious town in western Kansas after a nuclear attack devastates more than two dozen U.S. cities. But cult followers of “Jericho,” based on various highways mentioned in the show, have concluded that Oakley is the approximate location of Jericho and have adopted it as their mecca.
Some 500 “Jericho” fans, TV crew members and even some unnamed stars of the show are expected to attend the Second Annual “Jerichon” in Oakley May 23-25, turning the town into a destination site, Mary Arlington told Woodall’s Campground Management.
It will be a boom for the town’s handful of motels and two campgrounds, as many have already booked reservations, said Arlington, who owns High Plains Camping in Oakley and is on the board of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Followers of the show know about the event through any of the three websites that have sprung up since the show debuted last season, but it may not be common knowledge among campers, said Arlington. Her park has 83 RV sites and countless tent sites, many of which are being gobbled up by the Jerichon attendees. The only other RV park in town is the 14-site Kansas Country Inn.
Fans of the show made TV history last year when they convinced CBS to reverse its decision to cancel the show. They subsequently rallied in Oakley to celebrate their success, meet fellow fans face to face and hear some professionals talk about how life would be in after a real nuclear attack. Similar activities are on tap for this year’s event, according to the Jericho websites.