Approximately 2,500 motorhomes and some 8,000 people are expected to gather in Madison, Wisc., Aug. 10-13, for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 86th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. The event has been dubbed “Family A’Fair,” according to a news release.
Although the Alliant Energy Center will host the organized activities and provide much of the parking for motorhomes, many other motorhome families will be parked at nearby Lake Farm Park, with shuttles transporting them between the two facilities.
The association hosts motorhome conventions twice a year in varying locations with the purpose of celebrating the motorhome lifestyle and is making a long overdue return visit to Madison, having met in the city back in 1984.
Convention activities include a motorhome exhibition that brings together major motorhome manufacturers and dealers from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as manufacturers and distributors of a multitude of RV accessories and components, and suppliers of various services related to RVs.
For those considering the purchase of a motorhome, the convention provides an opportunity to view an assortment of makes and models all in one location. A variety of 2011 models, in many different sizes and price ranges, will be on display, and some manufacturers will have 2012 models ready as well.
In addition to the motorhome show, highlights include RVing seminars on a variety of topics related to motorhomes and RV travel, tours involving local sites and scenes, evening entertainment and numerous social activities.
While the convention is organized for FMCA members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $7 per day; children 12-and-under are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Those with an active military ID are admitted free also.
Anyone who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a daily passport, which is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members).
Those who own a motorhome are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their motorhome and stay with the rest of the group at the Alliant Energy Center or Lake Farm Park. The price for non-FMCA members is $205 per motorhome (with two people) prior to July 6, and $235 after that date; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership to the motorhome owner. The FMCA member price is $155 for early-bird registrations and $185 after July 6.