Hundreds of OEM and supplier exhibits, tours to Southern California’s most popular tourist destinations and an Oreo cookie-stacking contest.
An Oreo cookie-stacking contest?
Affinity Gourp Inc.’s (AGI) 2002 Great North American RV Rally, June 28-July 1 in Pomona, Calif., offered a particularly diverse and action-packed program to the up to 13,000 RV consumers who converged at the Fairplex for the annual event.
Marketed to customers of AGI’s RV-related publications and clubs, the rally drew about 6,000 RVers in 2,873 RVs for overnight camping, while up to 7,000 “walk-in” consumers attended by purchasing day-passes.
Not surprisingly, much of the rally traffic centered around the product exhibits, which included more than 1,000 new RVs from 16 RV manufacturers and 450 indoor booths with displays from suppliers and other RV-related companies.
Non-RV events included tours to such famous destinations as the Queen Mary and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as entertainment by classic pop performers Tony Orlando, the Diamonds and Beach Boy Al Jardine With Family and Friends.
Then there were the more off-the-wall activities, such as the Oreo cookie stacking contest sponsored by Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore. The winner: Lance Phillips, who stacked 28 cookies in 30 seconds to win a 25-day RV trip for two to Baja California, courtesy of Fantasy RV Tours.
In other rally news:
• For the third year in a row, each of AGI’s clubs and publications devoted a day of prizes and snacks to their respective customers. Represented were Woodall Publications Corp., Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines, Camping World Presidents Club, Coast to Coast and the Good Sam Club.
• Among biggest prize winners of the rally were Harold and Margie Hargitt, who were presented with a 2002 Saturn SL-1 and Blue Ox tow system as a “thank you” for being policy holders for 25 years of GMAC Insurance, which provides coverage for Good Sam VIP customers.
The 2003 Great North American RV Rally is scheduled for June 16-20 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.
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