About 3,500 people and 1,400 motorhomes have descended upon Wisconsin’s capital city for the 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase hosted by the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Dubbed “Escape to Wisconsin,” the annual four-day event began Wednesday (July 29) and runs through Aug. 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
One of the rally’s first events was the Wednesday night preview of the Motorhome Showcase, which featured 100 or so coaches on display by area dealers and manufacturers such as Entegra Coach, Newmar Corp. and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.
“We had such fun going through all the new coaches,” said Robbin Gould, on-site spokeswoman for FMCA and editor of the association’s Family Motor Coaching magazine. “All of our families were going through every coach and giving their opinions – good, bad and ugly. They were sitting in the showers and on the couches and checking to see if the TV angle was just right. You know, our families are pretty seasoned RVers so they know what they like to see in a coach. They were all pretty eager to see the new features.”
Gould told RVBUSINESS.com they were just as eager for Thursday’s opening day of exhibits, too, as people were lined up outside the Alliant Energy Center a good 30 minutes before its 170 vendor displays opened to the public.
“I just came from there and it was pretty bustling,” she mentioned. “Everyone was eager to get inside and see what was available.”
The Motorhome Showcase and vendor exhibits, which are part of the FMCA Professional RV Vendor Chapter, are just two of the many activities attendees will enjoy, all designed to enhance the motorhome lifestyle.
A roster of learning opportunities will be available with more than 100 educational sessions scheduled while various RV experts will conduct seminars. Topics range from motorhome chassis maintenance to microwave convection cooking. Other organized activities include tours of local attractions, fun-filled games, and musical performances each evening. Members will also have time for socializing with fellow motorhome owners.
Gould said the weather has been spectacular, adding to the enjoyment and allowing attendees to enjoy the many outdoor activities. She acknowledged organizers would appreciate having more attendees, but said the figure was “respectable” given the number of other events RVers can attend.
“There’s always room for more, but in this day and age, we’re pleased with everyone who is here,” he said.