Fleetwood Rally Moves Due to Venue Dispute
The Fleetwood RV Owner’s 6th annual national rally scheduled for Du Quoin, Ill., next week will instead be held at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., because of a dispute involving the dirt floor of the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
According to the Du Quoin Evening Call, it had been rumored a month ago that Fleetwood rally organizers were considering a last minute change. That became official last week.
Rally organizers say in signing an original contract with the Du Quoin State Fair, it was “implied” that either grounds personnel, the Illinois Department of Transportation or a private contractor would remove the dirt racing surface so Fleetwood could showcase its 2015 RV lineup on a concrete floor.
Then-fair manager John Rednour argued that it “cost something to get something” and had planned to use grounds personnel and other resources to remove the dirt before the convention hit town. It would have been the first time the concrete floor had been exposed since the $13 million building was constructed years ago.
Getting ready to host the rally, someone in the new administration dusted off the contract and said, “This will cost us $25,000. We can’t do this–and won’t.”
Fleetwood refused to pay the $25,000 stipend and reached agreement to move the rally back to Goshen where it had been in 2012. The rally will be held June 11-15.
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