Winnebago's boulevard at last year's rally

Winnebago Industries Inc. is holding its 43rd annual WIT Club Grand National Rally (GNR) July 15-20 at its rally grounds on the company’s expansive complex in Forest City, Iowa. According to a press release, the annual event will center around a Treasure Island theme this year.

“We are excited to have nearly 1,000 Jollyboats – actually Winnebago Industries’ motorhomes and towables – coming for a week of fun as we sail the high seas for our 43rd GNR,” said WIT General Manager Doug Formanek.

The rally will feature informative seminars along with a slate of entertainment and events, like driving schools, backseat driver’s competition and a “grand” bonfire. In addition, a number of suppliers will be on hand to answer questions while Winnebago’s 2013 lineup will be on display for club members to see first-hand.

“We have a number of new activities and events this year – like a real treasure hunt, pirate pie eating contest and dunk tank,” said Formanek. “Plus, we have youth events including Eurobungy jumper and boot camp challenge, bowling and rides.”

Although the rally officially doesn’t begin until July 15, many WIT members start arriving as early as two to three weeks early for pre-rally events and to participate in Forest City’s Puckerbrush Days activities.

To register call (800) 643-4892, ext. 1, or visit www.witclub.com and click on the ‘Special GNR Edition’ tab for details about the event and registration information.

WIT, which has a membership of over 12,000 members, is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago Industries motor home or towable. WIT members are eligible for special member benefits and can also participate in local, state, regional and special interest clubs, and travel on a variety of WIT Club managed special events called caravans and rallies.