Attendees ‘Feel at Home’ at Winnebago Rally
Around 1,100 motorhomes congregated this week at Winnebago Industries Inc.’s rally grounds adjacent to its manufacturing complex in Forest City, Iowa, as part of the builder’s annual Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club Grand National Rally.
WIT Club General Manager Doug Formanek told Radio Iowa the six-day rally, which opened on Sunday (July 17), brings in people from nearly every state and every Canadian province. He added that the attendees enjoy Forest City because it’s like a homecoming to them, returning to the place where their “baby” RV was built.
“Many people develop relationships on the different tours the club puts on and it’s like one big family getting back together,” said Formanek.
This year’s rally theme is “Hillbilly Jamboree” and Formanek reported there were a variety events, including a “Moonshine Run,” along with seminars focusing on RV cooking, driving a motorhome and the products that are included in today’s Winnebago motorhomes.
Formanek noted this week’s hot and humid weather isn’t appearing to have much of an impact on the rally. He said people are traditionally active in the mornings and the evenings and are almost like “shut-ins” during the afternoons, so “it’s not that much of an issue during the hottest portion of the day.”
He thought the heat might mean some people wouldn’t show up for parts of the rally, but he’s still very pleased with attendance.
WIT, which has a membership of over 12,000 members, is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago motorhome. WIT members are eligible for special member benefits and can also participate in local, state, regional and special interest clubs, and travel on a variety of WIT Club managed special events called caravans and rallies.