Good Sam Club Convenes in Michigan’s U.P.
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The largest RV club in the country spent this past week in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Good Sam Club is a group of nearly million RV’ers from all across the country.
Michigan’s summer Good Sam Rally was held at the Escanaba fair grounds bringing more than 500 people to the area, according to WPBN-WTOM-TV, Traverse City, Mich.
“The whole purpose behind the Good Sam organization is to make it so that we promote family camping,” Good Sam Club International Ambassador Bill Brooks. “We want the people to have a good time and a good experience whether traveling on the road or whether at the camp grounds.”
More than 260 RVs were counted at the event with the majority of them coming outside of the Upper Peninsula. which is proving to be a big boost to the local economy.
People from 10 different states as far away as Texas and Florida have come for the event. Linda Michalski is a Good Sam Club member from Ishpeming. She said the rally gives a real boost to the local economy.
“Everybody’s getting exposure,” Michalski said. “If you go to the National Ski Hall of Fame, some people are going to Pictured Rocks; somebody’s already used Marquette General Hospital for illness. So it’s a big impact on the area.”
The Good Sam Club also encourages its members to spend locally and travel … a big advantage for host cities like Escanaba.
“Well everybody loves the U.P. and with Good Sam you have a 10% discount on a lot of parks when you’re traveling,” Good Sam Michigan Director Joseph Halhober. “A lot of them are going to stay in the U.P. for a week and travel around so we stick around the area too and help out.”
The rally wrapped up on Sunday.