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Camping World/Good Sam Rally Set in Atlanta

Aerial view of Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of the Camping World/Good Sam RV Rally Oct. 17-20.

The Atlanta Camping World/Good Sam Rally America’s will run Oct. 17-20 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a first for the infield of the famed 1.54-mile quad-oval track.

According to a press release, the event will bring thousands of RV enthusiasts together to experience world-class evening entertainment along with slate of activities while shopping among hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products and camping accessories.

“We look forward to introducing new outdoor products and family fun to attendees of the Atlanta Camping World/Good Sam Rally,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC, who is also starring in “The Profit” on CNBC. “We are thrilled to offer a wide variety of towable and motorized RVs, as well as outdoor and RV products, to not only RV enthusiasts, but also to Georgia residents who are curious about the lifestyle and want an opportunity to learn more.”

Attendees who arrive early on Oct. 16 will get a sneak peek at the showcase of recreational vehicles. With the RV market at its best in the past seven years, an all-time high attendance is expected. Rally-goers will also be presented with many opportunities to learn about RVs and the RV industry from manufacturer representatives on-site and seminars.

Entertainment peaks at night with shows starting Oct. 18 as the iconic Beach Boys, with front man Mike Love, will perform the group’s classic surf tunes. On Oct. 19, 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill takes the stage. As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music with over 26 million albums sold and various Country MA and Academy of Country Music awards. This will be Gill’s second rally appearance, performing at the Oregon Camping World/Good Sam Rally in 2011.

Other scheduled entertainment includes:

  • Bob Blumer, host of “Surreal Gourmet,” “Glutton for Punishment,” and producer and host of “World’s Weirdest Restaurants” on the Food Network, will perform Friday and Saturday at the “Day Stage.” Blumer shares his culinary skills by transforming ordinary ingredients into inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods, sponsored by Camping World.
  • Dog lovers can participate in the “Release the Hounds” dog show sponsored by Camping World and Good Sam Pet Insurance, and enjoy a professional performance by the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show, which includes the largest meet and greet pet area, the fastest Frisbee dog in the world and the first daredevil dog agility.
  • An array of optional activities are also organized by the rally, such as an excursion through Atlanta’s historic landmarks, rides in a Vietnam-era helicopter, RV safe driver training and tours of the World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center.

Rallygoers are encouraged to get involved as “Blanketeers” for the 2013 Rally 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, quilting, or creating “no sew” fleece blankets.

On Oct. 20, rally guests can partake in the Salute to Veterans, which has previously had over 600 veteran participants included in the moving tribute. 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.

Gates open each day at 9 a.m. for the rally. Registration starts at $199 which includes four days of RV camping and all festivities. Daily passports are available to purchase for those that want to enjoy the festivities without camping onsite. Day passes start at $10 per person and parking and children 17 and under are free. For more information, visit www.TheRally.com or call (800) 701-1399.

 

 

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RV Park and Campground Briefs

CALIFORNIA

From The Associated Press:

The man who tumbled from the face of Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome has been identified as a 23-year-old man from the San Francisco Bay area.

Park officials say Ryan Leeder went over the side of the granite dome and fell 2,500 feet Monday evening (Aug. 22), but rangers weren't able to reach his body until Tuesday afternoon by helicopter.

Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Wednesday the Los Gatos man's death appears to be accidental.

Leeder was hiking alone, and no one at the top of Half Dome saw him fall. The accident was reported by climbers who were ascending at the time.

Officials say Leeder's death is the 17th to occur in the park or from injuries sustained in the park in what has been one of Yosemite's deadliest years.

GEORGIA

From Speedwaymedia.com:

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 weekend moves closer, fans have already started lining up for campsites in the unreserved campgrounds at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, which open this Saturday (Aug. 27) at 8 a.m.

Anxious fans began lining up outside the speedway ticket office on Monday, a whole five days prior to being allowed to enter the campgrounds, and over a full week in advance of the AdvoCare 500 weekend, Sept. 2-4. They arrived early to be the first in line to secure their campsite. Many of the early arrivals are from local communities in close proximity to the speedway, but a few have come from as far away as Michigan.

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s unreserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning this Saturday at 8 a.m. for both RV and tent camping. Unreserved camping spots are $60 per site and can be purchased at the entrance to the campgrounds. All vehicles must have either camping credentials or a tow vehicle pass to enter any campground at the speedway. If needed, tow vehicle passes will be available for purchase at the entrance to the campground.

A limited number of reserved and infield camping sites are still available. Call the speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 for more information. The reserved campgrounds and infield will open for campers on Sept. 1 at 2 p.m.

A new policy for 2011 will require all vehicles to show two tickets for the Sept. 4 AdvoCare 500 race before fans will be allowed to bring their camping vehicle into the campgrounds.

SOUTH DAKOTA

From the Brandon Valley Challenger:

For the third consecutive year, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls is welcoming families to get lost in seven acres of twists, turns and dead ends in the world’s only Yogi Bear Corn Maze.

Opening Friday (Aug. 26), the corn maze is located at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at the I-90 Exit 402. Admission is open to the general public and includes the corn maze with two levels of difficulty, jumping pillow, wagon rides and visits by Yogi Bear. Discounts are given to camping guests or groups of 20 or more

“Whether you solve the maze under blue skies, with flashlights, or the light of the moon on a starry night, the maze is fun for all ages,” said Bruce Aljets, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort. “Once again, we are excited to offer folks from the tri-state region a unique, budget-conscious option for the whole family to enjoy.”

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls was named Camp-Resort of the Year in 2009 by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The camp-resort has won a number of awards since it was founded in 1989.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway RV Campsites Filling Up

A limited number of campsites are available in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s three newest campgrounds for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend this March, according to paddocktalk.com.

The Legends Reserved Tent, Elliott Reserved and Elliott Reserved Handicapped campgrounds have just a select number of spaces available for campers looking for prime real estate for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend. Availability is most scarce in the Elliott Reserved Handicapped Campground, where only a few spaces remain.

Created in May 2009 to accommodate advance demand surrounding Atlanta Motor Speedway’s first Labor Day Weekend of night racing, the Speedway’s newest campsites provide proximity to the track and locations walking distance from the Display Lot.

Atlanta Motor Speedway's Elliott Reserved and Elliott Reserved Handicapped Campgrounds are located directly behind the Elliott Grandstand overlooking Turn 3, providing direct access for fans with Elliott Grandstand tickets. Each RV spot is approximately 45 feet long by 25 feet wide and costs just $150.

The Legends Reserved Tent Campground is located between Atlanta Motor Speedway's main entrance and the Legends Campground. With more than 230 campsites with dimensions of 20 feet by 30 feet for $125, the Legends Reserved Tent Campground is one of the most desired camping locations on the Atlanta Motor Speedway property with close proximity to the Display Lot.

In addition to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s newest campgrounds, very few Trackside Terrace Luxury RV spots remain available and include10 tickets, 10 pit passes and full RV hookups for a 50 feet by 25 feet RV location overlooking the track for $7,000 annually. A limited number of infield spots are available in the Flock Bros. Corral Campground, featuring 40 feet by 15 feet RV spots for $500 annually.

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