FMCA Preparing for ‘High Desert Sunrise’ Rally
With the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 90th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Redmond, Ore., just a few days away, the organizers are optimistic for a decent turnout and fair weather.
“Right now we’ve got 1,500 coaches preregistered, which is down a little over the previous year, but it’s a beautiful facility and a great place to be,” said FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts. “So it’s shaking up to be a nice show.”
The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center will play host to the show on Aug. 13-16, representing the fifth time the organization has gathered at the facility, the last event taking place in 2010 with a final coach count of 2,282. The East Coast gatherings tend to have slightly higher numbers, Yeatts said, and he speculated that the numbers may be a bit lower for Redmond because of the distance required for more members to travel.
Yeatts added that the show’s exhibitor space is fully booked both indoors and outdoors and that the weather had been “absolutely gorgeous.”
“We’re just hoping it holds out,” he said. “It’s supposed to get warmer just before the show, but the forecast now is for a pretty stellar couple of days.”
For the “High Desert Sunrise” themed show, FMCA is sticking mostly with it’s traditional structure and organization, though the entertainment will have a bit of a twist.
“One of our new things as far as entertainment is concerned is that we’re actually having a block party, if you will,” Yeatts said. “That’ll be on Thursday. Rather than having only one act in one area, people can go from area to area to area with different types of music and food and beverages. It’s going to be a lot more interactive.”
As the dealers and manufacturers get set up, Yeatts said the high desert truly does have a calming effect. “You can’t find a much better place to hold a motorhome event than right here in Redmond.”
– Submitted by freelancer Ty Adams exclusively for RVBUSINESS.com