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‘The Rally’ Sponsor Tells RVers to ‘Go Green’

March 24, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Rally, the nation’s largest RV rally, is rolling out two eco-focused initiatives for 2009 in Albuquerque, N.M., providing RVers the opportunity to celebrate and explore RV travel and “go green” as they visit the Southwest.
Thousands of RV families are expected to descend upon Albuquerque to participate April 17 – 20 in The Rally 2009, celebrating its 10th anniversary at EXPO New Mexico, according to a news release.
New to this year’s event, attendees will be able to tune into “Reality RV” to watch and learn as Brian Brawdy, a well-known spokesman for eco-awareness, and his co-pilot live in his biodiesel-powered Lance Model 1181 camper on The Rally grounds. A former New York police investigator, Brawdy now travels North America full time inspiring individuals to take a proactive role in their lives and the environment. He will be challenged to show how traveling by RV conserves many resources. Cameras installed in his rig will frequently monitor and broadcast Brawdy’s quest on a large outdoor screen.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to “take home the green” as The Rally hosts the first Going Green ideas contest, which invites participants to submit green inventions or concepts to make RVs more environmentally friendly. A full list of contest rules and regulations is available at www.therally.com.
“RVers spend vast amounts of time in the great outdoors, so it’s only natural that they want to help preserve and improve the environment they enjoy so much,” said Sue Bray, vice president and executive director of the Good Sam Club. “These two initiatives give participants the opportunity to make a real difference for generations of RVers to come.”
More than 9 million people in the U.S. now own RVs. For thousands of RVers, The Rally is the event and vacation destination of the year. RV newbies and veterans alike will gather to share the wildly popular recreation lifestyle through seminars, exhibits, entertainment, games and meetings with industry experts from around the world.
The Rally is an annual event hosted by the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ group with more than 1.5 million member families nationwide, along with Camping World President’s Club, Camp Club USA, Coast to Coast Resorts, Woodall’s and Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines. All the organizations are either owned by or affiliated with Affinity, the nation’s largest provider of outdoor recreation clubs, services, media and events, headquartered in Ventura, Calif.
Going Green contest participants are asked to submit an initial outline of their projects by April 10 to Bob Difley at goinggreen@affinitygroup.com, or by mail to “Going Green” ideas contest 2009, 2575 Vista del Mar Drive, Ventura, CA 93001.
Daily admission is $10 for adults, and a second day’s free pass can be obtained at The Rally site; children 12 and under are free. Admission is also free for Albuquerque area Boy Scouts and their immediate families on Sunday, April 19, provided they wear their Boy Scout uniforms. RV sites start at $169 for two people. Additional information and registration can also be found online at www.therally.com.
For more information or details on how to enter the Going Green ideas contest, email Bob Difley at goinggreen@affinitygroup.com, or visit www.therally.com. To learn more about Brawdy’s adventure, log onto www.brianbrawdy.com or www.wonderexplorebelieve.net.

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