FMCA, an international organization for RV owners, will be making its 11th visit to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry March 13-16 for what will be the group’s 99th International Convention and RV Expo. The event has been dubbed “Peachy In Perry” in honor of the host city.
“Perry has become a home away from home of sorts for FMCA,” noted FMCA National President Jon Walker in a press release. “We hosted our first event there in 1996, and some of our largest-attended conventions have taken place there. The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter checks the box on almost all of the items on our needs list when it comes to hosting an RV convention. And one of the key things that keeps bringing us back is that the facility and the community extend a warm welcome to us each time. So, it really is like coming home again.”
One key element of the event is the RV Expo where major RV manufacturers and dealers bring the latest models and invite convention attendees and members of the public to stop by for a tour. Hundreds of RVs will be open for inspection during show hours. RV-related accessories, components, services, and other products of interest to travelers will fill the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building and Heritage Hall.
The RV Expo will take place March 13 from 1-5 p.m. and March 14-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When they aren’t shopping, attendees can take part in seminars about topics ranging from RV driving, towing and RV maintenance to microwave-convection cooking and technology for travelers. Approximately 100 different sessions will be held.
A variety of daytime and evening entertainment is offered, and attendees have numerous opportunities for socializing with others who share their love of the RV lifestyle. These include organized activities such as morning coffee hour and an ice cream social to afternoon happy hours in the RV parking areas and various impromptu meetups.
Multiple options are available for attending FMCA conventions. RV owners are invited to bring their vehicle and stay on-site to enjoy all of the activities. Those who don’t yet own an RV are welcome to come for the day and just explore the RV Expo, or purchase a passport that allows them to take part in all activities.
Registrations will be accepted online at FMCA.com and by telephone at 513-474-3622 or 800-543-3622 until March 6. After that date, space will still be available and RV owners can simply pay upon arrival at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter. Day passes, which provide admittance only to the RV Expo, must be purchased on-site. The day pass for March 13 also will be good for March 14.
FMCA is the world’s largest not-for-profit association for recreation vehicle (RV) owners. The organization maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 80,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family RVing; a medical emergency and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; a tire purchasing program; group rates on a roadside assistance program, RV and auto insurance, and health insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and discounts on mobile internet access plans from Verizon and Sprint. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of RV travel. The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the web at FMCA.com.