The Great North American RV Rally got off to a good start in Louisville Monday (June 16), but heavy rains over the weekend forced organizers to hastily find alternative parking spaces and rent shuttle buses, according to the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
Rainfall totaling around 4 inches fell over the Louisville area on the weekend, flooding many of the spaces allocated for the RV enthusiasts who drove an estimated 5,400 motorhomes and towables to the event, the newspaper reported.
So organizers of the rally from Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) had to scramble to find alternative parking space, including the Bashford Manor Mall, for the attendees, according to the Courier-Journal.
They also had to rent school buses to transport many attendees from alternative parking sites to the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center (KFEC), where the rally events are being held.
Before selecting Louisville as the rally site, AGI officials studied weather patterns and saw that the average rainfall for Louisville in June was only 2 inches, said Sue Bray, executive director of the Good Sam Club, an AGI subsidiary and a rally organizer.
Some rally attendees complained about the logistical difficulties while others viewed bad weather as an uncontrollable fact of life, the Courier-Journal reported.
Bray estimated about 100 attendees who paid for full hook-ups at the KFEC will ask for refunds.
The rally will conclude Thursday (June 19).
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