Thousands of recreational vehicle enthusiasts will celebrate the RV industry’s centennial at The Rally, a four-day extravaganza at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) , July 22-25.
The Rally, now in its 11th year, will bring more than 10,000 RVers to the Bluegrass State to take part in countless fun and family-friendly activities, and includes high-profile entertainers, RV seminars, talent contests, a youth and teen program and a volunteer effort, according to a news release.
Attendees will see the latest and greatest in RVs and motorhomes and can test-drive and purchase from top manufacturers and dealers across the nation with more than 1,000 RV models to choose from. In addition, hundreds of booths will display the newest RV products, gadgets and services. A special living exhibit of 20 vintage RVs will be on display, organized by the RV historian from the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
RV industry gurus will present more than 150 seminars at The Rally 2010, giving guests the opportunity to meet experts who can answer questions about the RV lifestyle. More than 30 daily seminars will cover such topics as healthy cooking on the road, chassis systems, RV troubleshooting techniques and RV caravan travel — just to name a few.
The Rally 2010 will also bring the best in stage and screen to entertain attendees. Stand-up comic and actor Bob Newhart will be on hand to keep the audience amused with his hilarious stories on Thursday, July 22; while on Friday, July 23, legendary country music artist Tanya Tucker will perform her greatest hits. Bands will play throughout the event, while “The Rally’s Got Talent” contest will feature a wide variety of acts and interesting talents on Sunday evening, July 25.
RVers love their pets, and the popular Rally Dog Show, “Kentucky K-9s!” is returning for the seventh year, giving dog owners and their pets a chance to compete in categories such as Doggie Musical Chairs and the Double Vision look-a-like contest on July 23. The Rally is also offering two pet adoption days for dogs and cats in need of homes through Louisville Metro Animal Services on Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24.
While The Rally focuses mainly on fun and exploring the RV lifestyle, attendees will also have the opportunity to give back to the local community. A pre-rally volunteer service day with Brightside, Louisville’s “Keep America Beautiful” affiliate, will take place on Wednesday, July 21. Volunteers will participate in beautification projects throughout the city. In exchange for a guest’s participation, The Rally will provide one night of free dry camping on Tuesday, July 20, as well as transportation and a sack lunch on the project day.
“The Rally is more than just an exposition — it’s an experience that celebrates the RV lifestyle,” said Mike Schneider, CEO of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), parent company of The Rally’s hosts. “With this year’s 100th anniversary, we’re delighted to offer a great lineup of attractions that the whole family will enjoy. If you’re in the market for an RV, this is also a unique opportunity to compare nearly every make and model in one central location while enjoying entertainment, exhibits, seminars and more. We look forward to welcoming guests from across the country in Louisville this summer.”
As part of the centennial festivities, the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization with nearly 1 million member families, announces an RV centennial promotion. Members may submit a story about their first RVing experience, and the writer of the winning entry receives 100 gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel. To enter, Good Sam Club members can visit the RV.net blog.
In addition, a pre-event Centennial Caraventure hosted by Bob Livingston, senior vice president and group publisher of Affinity Media, will take RVers on a caravan into RVs’ past and present. The adventure, designed for enthusiasts who want an in-depth look at the history and lifestyle of RVing, begins in Elkhart, the heart of the RV industry, on July 16. Participants will tour Amish Acres, the RV/MH Hall of Fame, Studebaker National Museum and the Newmar recreational vehicle factory. The event also includes tech and lifestyle seminars. The Caraventure ends July 19 at The Rally.
For more than a decade, the annual Rally event has been hosted by the Good Sam Club, Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines, Trailer Life and Woodall’s Campground directories, Camp Club USA, Coast to Coast Resorts and Camping World President’s Club. All the organizations are either owned by or affiliated with AGI, the nation’s largest provider of outdoor recreation clubs, services, media and events, headquartered in Ventura, Calif.
Daily admission to The Rally is $10 for adults; children ages 12 and under are free. RV sites start at $189 for two people, and all-activity Rally Passports (without RV parking) are priced at $69 per attendee. Visit www.therally.com for information and registration. Fans can also join The Rally Facebook group at www.facebook.com/therally, track The Rally on Twitter at www.twitter.com/therally, and get updates at Eons by clicking on www.eons.com/groups/group/the-rally.