Hutchinson, Kan., which hosted thousands of motorhome enthusiasts two years ago, is getting ready to welcome another group of travelers, The Hutchinson News reports.
As of Friday (May 7), about 4,300 units and 10,000 people had been registered for the Great North American RV Rally (GNAR), to be held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds June 21-24.
Ron Epstein, director of media for Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), sponsor of the rally, said Hutchinson stands to get at least $1 million in revenue from the influx of visitors and their spending for such things as gas, food, tourist attractions and souvenirs.
Cindy Wallace of the Greater Hutchinson Convention Visitors Bureau said there has been increased interest from out-of-towners seeking information about the city and area.
RV parks already are running out of reservations for June, according to operators interviewed by the newspaper.
“We’ve been booked full during the event since November,” said Kurt Egli, who owns the Hitchin Post RV Park in Yoder. “It’s partly some coming before, partly some after, but they started calling a year in advance.”
The Spring Lake RV Resort near Halstead has filled 300 spots and no longer can accommodate those campers who want electricity and water hookups.
The impact is being felt elsewhere in Kansas as well. Ruth Gay of the Gunsmoke Trav-L-Park said she gets calls for reservations every day.
“When people come to Kansas, they always want to come to Dodge City,” she said. “They always want to see Gunsmoke.”
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