The Rocky Mountain Ramble RV Rally returns to Farmington, N. M., in October, the largest of several conventions planned for 2011 that bring visitors to local businesses.
The RV rally, set for Oct. 11-15 and sponsored by the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), brings about 500 RVs and more than 1,000 people to town Debbie Dusenberry, executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Farmington Daily Times.
It is one of a dozen planned conventions and meetings this year. Visitors often stay in local hotels, eat in restaurants and shop in local retail outlets, providing an economic boost to the city of 40,000 located in the northwest corner of the state.
“It definitely impacts the economy in a positive way,” Dusenberry said. “It’s a way to bring some much-needed revenue into the area.”
The October RV rally is the largest convention booked to date. It involves an RV show, a car show and many vendors selling related parts and accessories. A local outfitter offers a fly-fishing workshop.
The rally draws enthusiasts from throughout the West, Dusenberry said.
“In terms of longevity, it’s good because these folks usually have more free time and they’re sometimes spending more than a week in the area,” Dusenberry said.