A total of 2,292 motorized and towable RV owners attended the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 99th International Convention and RV Expo, held March 13-16 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. The showing, counting multiple passengers in many of those coaches, represented the second largest to date for FMCA, according to Executive Director and CFO Chris Smith, noting that even preconvention events were sold out.
“This couldn’t have gone any better,” Smith said, adding that the weather was perfect outside of one small storm. The convention, themed as “Peachy in Perry,” attracts members of the not-for-profit association from throughout North America.
Smith told RVBUSINESS.com that prior to the event, FMCA members participated in the sold-out RV Basics class while the hands-on driving school was also successful. He said members “really want education,” as this year’s convention included 100-plus seminars that were also well attended.
The 99th International Convention and RV Expo represented the first time FMCA held its convention in the same location two years in a row. “Perry is a great draw for members,” reported Smith. “Exhibitors also seem to like the location. The exhibitor hall was sold out and spaces had to be added to accommodate additional outdoor exhibitors.”
In addition to a great showing, FMCA saw its towable members double in attendance, from 20 to 40, this year. Smith said the number of members with towable RVs are growing since FMCA opened membership to the segment about two years ago, adding that towable members now total more than 4,000 in that short period of time. Overall FMCA membership is more than 78,000.
Looking ahead, FMCA now turns its focus to its 100th International Convention and RV Expo Aug. 14-17 at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot. The event will be highlighted by an appearance from Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, renowned captain of the “Miracle on the Hudson.
Registration for the event has opened and already 700 are signed up, Smith said. Normally, the August event brings in 1,500-1,600 attendees. “We’re excited, we’re already halfway there,” he said.