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More than 1,700 Airstream travel trailers and motorhomes have converged on Lansing, Mich., creating a small suburb of 3,500 people near the Capital City Airport, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Lansing is hosting its first Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rally, the 47th annual gathering of “silver bullet” owners from all over the United States and Canada. The paper reported that the contingent began arriving in early June, although the official date for the rally is June 28-July 4.
During their stay, members of the club are taking shuttle buses to attend seminars and enjoy evening entertainment at the new Lansing Convention Center. The Lansing Register reported that the throng also represents a boon to the local economy.
The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is expecting a $5 million impact on the area. “This is a very significant event,” said Kent Love, the convention bureau’s vice president for marketing and communications.
Downtown Lansing’s Radisson Hotel had booked 443 room nights for club members not towing rigs, said Julie Pingston, the convention bureau’s vice president for visitor services.
The Wally Byam Caravan Club is the world’s oldest recreational vehicle club. It is named for the Airstream inventor. The club’s rallies are held every year in a different state around his July 4 birthday.