FMCA’s Reporting Brisk Preregistration For Rally
With more than 1,100 units already preregistered, organizers are reporting “brisk” advance interest in the 95th Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) International Rally, March 7-10 at the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, Ariz.
Pamela Kay, director of FMCA communications, told RVBusiness — sister publication to Woodall’s Campground Management — that, with the International Rally being held in the famed “Valley of the Sun” just south of Phoenix, they also expect a decent gate attendance from those not staying at the adjoining campgrounds. She added that everyone at FMCA — which counts some 70,000 motorhome-owning families as members — is looking forward to a fun-filled event as the International Rally returns to the Grand Canyon State for the first time in several decades.
Charlie Adcock, FMCA national president, noted, “What could be more fun than spending time strolling through streets and buildings that bring back the flavor of the Old West while enjoying a celebration of the motorhome lifestyle? On the last evening of the convention, Rawhide Western Town will be in full operation, and members will be able to join the public for loads of fun, food, and shopping.”
A key element of FMCA’s international conventions is the motorhome showcase where manufacturers and dealers display their latest models. And, when it comes to outfitting the motorhome for travel, attendees will be able to head to the indoor exhibition areas, which will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.
The rally will also feature training and education seminars on nearly 100 different topics, including FMCA benefits and programs, information and technology, RV lifestyle, personal finance and health care, rallies and travel, maintenance and operation, and insurance and warranties.
Entertainment is also on the docket with such acts as comedian and musician Dick Hardwick, country-western singer-songwriter Keith Anderson, and rock, pop, and country classics by the Sapphire Sky Band. Also, Rawhide Western Town will feature a stunt show and old-fashioned cowboy activities such as gunfights and blacksmithing.
Conveniently scheduled for the two days prior to the International Rally is the RV Basics workshop, which is designed to acquaint (or reacquaint) owners with their RV’s operation and systems with the focus on key preparation, operation and maintenance practices that are essential for trouble-free travel. Instructors include seminar veteran Gary “The RV Doctor” Bunzer, fire safety expert Mac McCoy, and Walter Cannon, who has served as the executive director of RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) since 2003.