Thousands Motor to Madison for FMCA Confab
A mini-city is sprouting up in Madison, Wisc., this week. NBC15 TV reported that thousands of motorhome owners are flocking to the area for a national convention at the city’s Alliant Energy Center as the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) hosts the 86th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase Aug. 10-13.
“All total we are expecting about 10,000 folks to be on grounds to enjoy this event. They are just here to have a good time,” said Jerry Yeatts, FMCA director of member services. “It’s a gathering of motorhome owners and people who are just RV enthusiasts, people who just love to travel the United States. People from all over the country are showing up to share their love of the lifestyle.
“We try to go away as much as possible in the summer time,” said Ed Smith who, along with his wife, came all the way from Massachusetts. “This is a way to get out meet some people, do some fun things and visit some fun areas. There is a lot of camaraderie and a lot of friendship.”
Tom Roule is on his way to Yellowstone National Park from New York state. He and his wife have been on the road for the past three weeks.
“If you fly, you go from point A to point B and you don’t get a chance to enjoy what’s in between. Our hobby is taking pictures – most of our souvenirs are pictures,” said Roule.
“They love the outdoors, they love to travel and they love the United States, and what we are here to do is help them to love it even more,” added Yeatts
In addition to socializing, the event even also has an array of units for sale as major motorhome manufacturers and dealers are on hand displaying product. Other companies are also showing their wares, making available RV accessories, components, supplies and campground information.
Roule says the freedom of the open road keeps him coming back. “I mean you can go anywhere you want as long as you can afford the gas,” he said. “You’re always on the road but your home is always with you.”