Thousands Attended 'The Rally' Despite Rain
After a soggy start to the largest RV rally in the Northeast, things finally started to clear up for the RV enthusiasts split between the New York State Fairgrounds and the parking lots of Destiny USA.
WSYR TV reported that “The Rally,” hosted by Camping World/Good Sam Rally, brought together thousands of RV owners, opened last week to heavy rain, forcing rally organizers to turn RV drivers away from the Fairgrounds and detour them to the parking lots at Destiny.
Within a matter of hours, the mall and rally organizers coordinated to provide shuttles, port-a-potties and trash pick-up for the hundreds rerouted to Destiny.
Jim McParland and Robyn Currie, who traveled all the way from Ontario, Canada were impressed with the way organizers and mall officials handled the situation.
“They’ve made a great situation from what could have been a disaster,” McParland said. “I think the fact that they’ve adopted or adapted so well to the conditions speaks volumes of Syracuse and for the person that runs that mall coordinating with the rally people.”
“It’s been fine – slightly inconvenient not to be over there (at the Fairgrounds) but it’s been safe here and there are a lot of people to talk to,” Currie added.
Destiny USA called in extra security to help secure the entire perimeter surrounding the RVs.
“We have the guard towers we put in place as the parking lot project a few years ago. Whatever they need, we’ll do it,” said Destiny USA General Manager Rob Schoeneck.
The weekend went on as planned with an RV show and concerts featuring Wayne Newton Friday night and Reba McEntire Saturday evening.
For rally attendees such as Barb Heibein, some bad weather wasn'tt going to spoil their fun.
“We come for a good time and this is a good place to have it,” said Heibein.
People all over Syracuse are celebrating because the rally is expected to bring in millions of dollars as vendors and event attendees visit restaurants, stores, and stay in area hotels.