'The Rally' Set for June 13-16 in Syracuse, N.Y.
America’s largest RV rally pulls into Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds, June 13 through 16, a first for the Northeast.
This event, hosted by Camping World/Good Sam, will bring thousands of RVers and enthusiasts together to experience world-class evening entertainment, tour area landmarks, participate in breaking a world record and shop for hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products, and camping accessories, according to a news release.
While celebrating the RV lifestyle, attendees will also enjoy great food and win fun prizes, as well as spend quality time with family and friends.
“We are excited about the first Northeast rally in which novice and experienced RVers get a chance to meet industry experts, find great bargains on RV products and enjoy camaraderie with fellow RV enthusiasts,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam Enterprises. “The attendees should look forward to fun days filled with activities and entertainment and of course great bargains on RVs and RV related products.”
The fun starts early for campers arriving onsite June 12 for setup, as attendees get a sneak peek at all the new rigs on early bird day with factory representatives on hand to answer questions. Rally-goers can enjoy an optional tour of various interesting sites surrounding Syracuse, take a morning walk with their buddies, and go to seminars on various topics including RV care and maintenance, driving and safety, trip navigation, pet care and adoption, as well as fantasy RV tours, to name a few. The children and teen centers will be open throughout the weekend, giving kids the opportunity to make new friends, play games and do crafts, allowing adults the freedom to browse the exhibit hall or attend a seminar.
Afternoon entertainment on Thursday and Friday includes Sean Phillips, a veteran of the music business. Sean has been a studio singer and musician in New York and California, and has toured as a vocalist and bass and guitar player for many well-known acts.
Back by popular demand, Bob Blumer, host of “Surreal Gourmet” and “Glutton for Punishment,” and producer and host of “World’s Weirdest Restaurants” on the Food Network, will be performing each day in the Art & Home Center – Demo Kitchen Room. Bob shares his extraordinary culinary skills by transforming ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations, sponsored by Camping World.
Other activities include the “Empire State Dogs” show, sponsored by Camping World and Good Sam Pet Insurance, an ice cream and ladies social and a book and DVD exchange.
Wedding Vow Renewal
On Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m., all married couples attending the Camping World/Good Sam Rally are invited to participate in the world’s largest wedding vow renewal ceremony and the attempt to break the current world record of 1,087 couples. The sponsor, Reese, encourages all married couples to participate in the pre-nuptials ceremony, but only those that provide a copy of their original marriage certificate will be counted in the final world record setting total. Those attendees who are not married are invited to attend as witnesses. All are encouraged to dress up in their wedding finery for the best-dressed prize!
After all the fun activities throughout each day, the finest in entertainment comes Friday and Saturday nights.Wayne Newton, the epitome of glamour and energy that is Las Vegas, will captivate the opening night crowd at the Chevy Court Main Stage on Friday evening. Also known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” Newton’s energy, talent and showmanship, as well as rich history in music and entertainment will electrify the audience at the Syracuse Camping World/Good Sam Rally.
Saturday evening, Reba McEntire, the Queen of Country music, returns to the Rally on the Main Stage for an encore performance after dazzling crowds at the Daytona Good Sam Rally last fall. With over 56 million albums sold worldwide, 64 top 10 hits throughout her career, and as recipient of many music awards and recognition, the Rally is proud to welcome back this American entertainment icon.
Throughout the weekend, Rallygoers are encouraged to get involved as “Blanketeers” for the Rally 2013 Blanket Drive to benefit Project Linus. Camping World/Good Sam is partnering with Project Linus to collect blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Campers can participate by knitting, crocheting, or quilting blankets, and kid crafters can create “no sew” fleece blankets as well.
Salute to Veterans
On Sunday, June 16, starting at 11 a.m., Rally guests can participate in the Salute to Veterans, sponsored by Coast to Coast Resorts. All military veterans are invited to join in the longstanding tradition of pass and review and are encouraged to wear any part of the original uniform. Guests can then take shuttle buses to Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery to place flags on gravesites of military veterans.
The Syracuse Camping World/Good Sam Rally officially opens June 13 at the New York State Fairgrounds. Gates open Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday – Sunday at 9 a.m. Registration for Rally-goers starts at only $199 which includes four days of camping and all the fun and festivities. Daily passports are available to purchase as well for those not camping onsite. Daily parking is free. For more information, visit www.TheRally.com or call (800) 701-1399.