The wheels will roll for the National African American RVers Association (NAARVA) Eastern Region rally on May 4-7.

As reported by the Sun News, members will start pulling into town Sunday to help with preparations for this 17th annual rally at Lakewood Camping Resort, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Families in 150 to 200 recreational vehicles are expected.

With its national headquarters based in Charlotte, N.C., the Eastern cluster comprises members from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Checking in last week after arriving to set up camp for an RV club gathering in Virginia, Elaine Standifer, the regional public relations officer, mapped out some details on this group.

Q: How many years has the RV regional rally rolled into the Grand Strand, and what makes this corner of the coast a repeat destination for the association?

 A: The association’s Eastern Region comprises predominantly Northern states on the East Coast, with numerous clubs per state. Our regional rallies are held in the early spring, therefore with South Carolina being both the last state in the region and the first state with pleasant weather, that time of year is a perfect choice.
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