GA: RV expo rolling into Georgia National Fairgrounds

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PERRY, Ga. — Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for RV owners, will be making its 11th visit to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry March 13 through 16, for what will be the group’s 99th International Convention and RV Expo. The event has been dubbed “Peachy In Perry” in honor of the host city.

“Perry has become a home away from home of sorts for FMCA,” noted FMCA national president Jon Walker. “We hosted our first event there in 1996, and some of our largest-attended conventions have taken place there. The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter checks the box on almost all of the items on our needs list when it comes to hosting an RV convention. And one of the key things that keeps bringing us back is that the facility and the community extend a warm welcome to us each time. So, it really is like coming home again.”

FMCA invites all RV owners to join the festivities that will take place in mid-March. And those who are considering the RV lifestyle or are just curious will have an opportunity to take part as well.

During an FMCA convention, RV owners stay at the host facility in their homes on wheels, and a new neighborhood pops up almost overnight.

One key element of the event is the RV Expo. Major RV manufacturers and dealers bring the latest models and invite convention attendees and members of the public to stop by for a tour. Hundreds of RVs — in all shapes and sizes — will be open for inspection during show hours. RV-related accessories, components, services, and other products of interest to travelers will fill the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building and Heritage Hall.

RV Expo hours will be Wednesday, March 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, March 14 through 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

When they aren’t shopping, attendees can take part in seminars about topics ranging from RV driving/towing and RV maintenance to microwave-convection cooking and technology for travelers. Approximately 100 different sessions will be held.

A variety of daytime and evening entertainment is offered, and attendees have numerous opportunities for socializing with others who share their love of the RV lifestyle. These range from organized activities such as morning coffee hour and an ice cream social to afternoon happy hours in the RV parking areas and various impromptu meetups.

Multiple options are available for attending FMCA conventions. As noted, RV owners are invited to bring their vehicle and stay on-site to enjoy all of the activities. Those who don’t yet own an RV are welcome to come for the day and just explore the RV Expo, or purchase a “passport” that allows them to take part in all activities (with no RV parking).

Registrations will be accepted online at FMCA.com and by telephone at 513.474.3622 or 800.543.3622 until March 6. After that date, space will still be available, and RV owners can simply pay upon arrival at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter. Day passes, which provide admittance only to the RV Expo, must be purchased on-site. The day pass for March 13, also will be good for March 14.

SOURCE: FMCA press release

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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