Registration for the 2005 Great North American RV Rally, set for July 11-14 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., has surpassed 3,500 rigs, according to event organizers.
“We’re well ahead of last year’s pace, and even ahead of two years ago in Louisville, which was one of our strongest rallies,” reported Ron Epstein, director of media for the rally. “We have our sights set on 5,000 rigs.”
The Redmond rally marks the sixth year for the event and organizers have already locked in on the site for the 2006 rally, scheduled to run April 8-11 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla.
In Redmond, about 70% of the total display space has been sold. Epstein said that a majority of the 550 booths inside the fairground’s facility were filled and the outdoor exhibit area reserved for RV dealers is “pushing 1,000 rigs.”
He added, “The fact that we’ve sold the majority of the exhibit space is a real good sign for us. We also have sold out of sites with electrical hookups.”
Thirty seminars are scheduled each day of the event, covering a broad range of technical and travel-related topics. In addition, there is a full slate of activities planned, highlighted by a nightly entertainment lineup that features Ronnie Milsap, Pam Tillis and Debbie Reynolds.
For attendees looking to explore central Oregon, optional tour packages will be available.
“People can go off-site in a motor coach and tour the countryside,” Epstein said. “The nice thing is that it allows people to keep their rig parked. We take them to the destination and bring them back.”
Each day of the rally will be hosted by a different RV organization. Trailer Life, MotorHome and Woodall’s magazines will host the first day while Camping World, Coast to Coast Resorts and The Good Sam Club will host successive rally days. All the organizations are units of Affinity Group, parent to RV Business and RVBUSINESS.com.
“Each organization also will have a different program going on, in addition to all the other activities,” Epstein said.