Recreational vehicles from all over the United States and Canada convened in West Virginia last week, as hundreds motored into the State Fair Event Center on Monday (July 27) for the six-day Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally.

The Register-Herald reported that more than 375 Newmar motorhomes and fifth wheel RVs rumbled into Fairlea bearing some 800 people to participate in 30th edition of the rally and enjoy a wide range of activities as they explored the surrounding area.

In the run-up to the rally, the premium RV camping club’s international directors Bob and Bonnie Krieger released a statement through the State Fair of West Virginia, saying, “You have a wonderful town that has been very responsive in supporting our efforts while putting this rally together. From the merchants in town, the chamber of commerce, Carnegie Hall and the wonderful fairgrounds staff, you have networked with us to provide artisans, musicians, historical presentations, medical seminars, astronomy, storytellers and great food. You are truly ‘the Coolest Small Town in America.’”

Planning for each of the international rallies begins more than a year in advance, according to Roger Weeks, who is affiliated with the Salem, S.C., chapter of the Newmar Kountry Klub and proudly marked the international rally in West Virginia as his 20th. 

“I retired in 1994 and bought my first RV that same year,” Weeks said. Since then, Weeks and his wife have typically spent around seven months of each year on the road, parking their recreational vehicle in the spring and fall alternately in RV lots they own in Naples, Fla., and Michigan. He said traveling in the RV allows the couple to “get to look at different areas of the country” and get to know people from all over.

“We’ve been in all 50 states,” Weeks noted, adding with a laugh, “but we didn’t have the RV in Hawaii.”

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