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The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of families who own  recreational vehicles, will head to Minot, N.D., in mid-August for a four-day event focusing on various aspects of RV travel.

According to a press release, nearly 2,000 RVs will converge on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds & Agricenter, Aug. 14-17. In honor of the host area, and in celebration of an FMCA convention milestone, “Magic Minot — 100 Times The Fun” is the theme for FMCA’s 100th International Convention and RV Expo. Attendees will participate in a multitude of activities designed to enhance the RV lifestyle.

Organizers have scheduled more than 100 educational sessions while various RV experts will conduct seminars during the event. Topics range from tire maintenance, technology, and safe driving to microwave-convection cooking and RV trips to Alaska. Attendees will also be able to tour RVs of all types, sizes, and price ranges as part of the RV Expo that will take place during the event.

Other organized activities include fun-filled games and daytime and evening entertainment. On Thursday evening, Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger will be the featured speaker. Captain Sullenberger gained worldwide acclaim on Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York’s frigid Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people onboard.

On Friday evening, The Spinners will share their many hits from the 1970s. Music and dance tunes on Saturday evening will be provided by Soulshine, a popular local group while a number of local entertainers will be on hand during the daytime hours. Attendees also will have time for plenty of socializing with their fellow RV owners during the week, taking part in organized as well as informal gatherings.

Free public parking will be available inside Gate E and across the street from Gate E of the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, off Burdick Expressway. Exhibit hours are as follows: Aug/ 14, 1-5 p.m.; Aug. 15-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the group at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. The gate registration price is $245 and also grants RV owners who are new to FMCA a one-year FMCA membership. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)