Winnebago Industries Inc.’s 60th anniversary served as a centerpiece for the company’s 49th edition of its Grand National Rally, as the builder welcomed over 900 RVs and 2,000-plus owners to the July 23-28 event at its sprawling campus in Forest City, Iowa. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.)
Organized by the Winnebago International Travelers Club (WIT), this year’s event — under the theme of “Red, White, & W – 60 Years of an American Icon,” — benefited from “ideal weather,” according to Winnebago officials.
Offering attendees a diverse and broad range of activities, the rally also provided a key opportunity for management and staff to “interact on a much larger scale with our customers than you’d have on a typical day,” according to Winnebago Corporate Relations Director Chad Reece.
The week featured numerous seminars and activities, including “Grand National Rally Row Parties” and special factory tours. Entertainment during the event was highlighted by performances from Stephanie Quayle and Lee Greenwood.
Prior to the rally, two 50-year Winnebago employees, Larry Kearney and Harlan Rodberg, served as grand marshals of Forest City’s community celebration Puckerbrush Days. A contingent of employees who represented the 100-plus employees with more than 40 years of service also was recognized.
In addition, numerous attendees volunteered to build a shed for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa. The day-long project is organized with the help of “RV Care-A-Vanner,” a program of Habitat for Humanity International.