Some 1,100 rigs have rolled into the Missouri State Fairgrounds this week for the Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club International Rally, according to a report in the Sedalia (Mo.) Democrat.
“We’ll be all over town,” rally coordinator Larry Hopper said.
Hopper and his wife, Nelda, started planning the rally nearly two years ago. Nelda Hopper said the international rally usually draws up to 1,700 units, but numbers are down this year “because of the gas crunch.”
The club provides its own security, engineers, parking crews and first aid. “It’s a little city within a city,” Hopper said.
Activities include games, entertainment and a host of RV-related seminars along with a citywide scavenger hunt with some 200 prizes from Sedalia businesses.
Monaco Coach Corp., parent of Wakarusa, Ind.-based Holiday Rambler, also has a presence at the rally.
“It’s a social thing going on in the country,” said Rick Miller, show and rally technician for Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco. “We’ve got the largest retirement group in history, and they don’t want to sit at home and fuss in the garden anymore.”
Larry Shaffer, 64, of Heath, Ohio, said he enjoys the social aspect of traveling in the trailer he bought three years ago.
“When you stay in a hotel, you never know who your neighbor is,” he said. “Here, when you pull up, your neighbor’s sitting outside, and you can visit.”