A total of about 12,000 people – along with 3,842 registered “family coaches” – attended the Family Motor Coach Association’s 70th International Convention, July 18-20 at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Buffalo, N.Y., where more than 50 dealers and manufacturers displayed more than 600 coaches, FMCA reports.
“It was the first time we were in Buffalo,” said Jerry Yeatts, director of conventions and commercial services for FMCA, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. “It was a nice facility, but a little small for an FMCA convention.”
The parking area for Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, also was used to park attendees’ motorhomes during the convention.
Sales at the convention were affected by a New York law that prohibited the sale of RVs except those registered by New York dealers.
Nevertheless, Yeatts said FMCA was pleased its members had a chance to view some the industry’s innovative new 2004 products.
“It’s a positive for manufactures to be able to show new product and get a lot of feedback from our members,” he said.