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DSC_0194Members of the Michigan Knights of the Highways, Midwest (Ohio) Coachmen and Northeastern (N.Y.) chapters of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) are gathered this weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding. Here members serve a potluck dinner Thursday (May 14) night. Although FMCA was started in 1963, chapters weren’t formed until 1965. Some 78 coaches — most from Michigan and Ohio along with assorted FMCA executives — are parked at the fairgrounds this weekend. Five past presidents of the Michigan chapter and three of the Ohio group are in attendance and will be honored at a dinner Saturday night. The clubs were entertained Thursday night by the Wauseon High School choir and Saturday will hear singer Randy Long. The rally will conclude Sunday morning with a nondenominational ”inspirational” gathering. Rallymaster Glen Perkin of Hudsonville, Mich., said the comaraderie of RVing is a primary draw for members. ”When you stay  in a hotel and you say hello to someone walking down the hall, they just look down at their shoes,” Perkin said. ”When you walk down a road in a campground, people say ‘Come in, have a cup of coffee.’ It’s a whole different atmosphere. And being part of a chapter, you see different things than you would on your own.”