Cincinnati, Ohio-based Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) announced the dates and locations for the group’s two 2014 Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase events, as well as for the first event of 2015.
In March, FMCA’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase will come to life at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. This will mark FMCA’s eighth visit to this RV-friendly facility. FMCA held its first event in Perry in March 1996. The fairgrounds has continued to add buildings and to make other improvements over the years that have resulted in the location becoming even more attractive for an FMCA event, said Charlie Adcock, FMCA national president.
“The combination of a first-rate facility — located just off Interstate 75 and along the path of many snowbirds — and the Southern hospitality we always experience in Perry makes this a not-to-be-missed event for motorhome owners,” said Adcock.
Approximately 2,500 motorhome families and some 6,000 to 8,000 people are expected to gather for the March 17 to 20, reunion. All RV owners and members of the general public are invited to participate. Various admission options are available.
The Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon, will play host to FMCA’s 90th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase August 13 to 16. This is another venue that lends itself well to an FMCA event, and one to which the association is making a repeat visit – its fifth, said Adcock.
The 132-acre Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center was designed using a circular plot, which makes the grounds easy to navigate and puts the activity centers in close proximity. Well-kept buildings, beautifully landscaped activity areas, and spectacular views of seven mountain peaks are other hallmarks of this site, he explained.
“The folks at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center are great to work with,” said Jerry Yeatts, FMCA executive director.
“And the city of Redmond, as well as the surrounding Central Oregon communities, welcome FMCA with open arms.”
March 26 to 29, 2015, FMCA will make a return visit to Fairplex in Pomona, California. Fairplex also provides a nearly ideal setting for an FMCA event, including paved parking for not only the motorhomes that are on display but also for all of the families attending in their homes on wheels, said Yeatts.
Set on more than 480 acres, Fairplex is billed as the “largest multi-use playground in Southern California.” The event — FMCA’s 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase — will mark FMCA’s seventh reunion at this popular, first-class facility, he added.
Activities abound at these get-togethers. One of the important elements of these reunions is an exhibition of motorhomes. Major manufacturers and dealers gather to display their vehicles, and motorhome components and accessories also are available for inspection.
In addition, a wealth of informative seminars centering on topics of interest to motorhomers — including motorhome chassis maintenance and microwave-convection oven cooking — are held. Opportunities for taking part in various social events — among them morning coffee hour and an ice cream social — present themselves to convention attendees.
Organized tours of local sites and attractions take place. Evenings are filled with entertainment presented by top-notch performers, as well as other social activities.
To register for the 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, March 17 to 20, click here.
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA)
The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes.
With approximately 85,000 active member families, FMCA is the world’s largest motorhome owners group.
Since 1963 FMCA has issued more than 425,000 memberships to families who look to the association as their source of information about all facets of motorhome ownership and travel.
FMCA takes pride in the merit of its many membership benefits, which include a mail forwarding service, an emergency medical evacuation program, international conventions, chapter and area rallies, and a free subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine.
FMCA recognizes approximately 500 chapters across the United States and Canada. Many of them encompass specific or general geographic regions. Others consist of FMCA members who own a particular brand or model of motorhome. And still others are based on a common interest, such as music, sports, coach conversions, or amateur radio.
FMCA National Headquarters address: 8291 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244
Phone: (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 (toll free)
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