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As a special ending to FMCA's 83rd International Convention, beautiful tethered hot air balloons will illuminate the launch area of Balloon Fiesta Park on Thursday evening, as well as performance by Flying J Wranglers. 


Rainbow Ryders, the official ride concession for FMCA's "Albuquerque Fiesta" Convention, will inflate the hot-air balloons, giving you the opportunity to become involved "hands on" as a crew member and help with the balloon inflation; or you may sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. At lift-off you embark upon a unique journey.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound Albuquerque folks below. After landing, enjoy a champagne toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

The special rate for FMCA's "Albuquerque Fiesta" convention attendees is $150 per person. Call to reserve your flight or you can register online at www.rainbowryders.com. The online booking code is FMCA.

Rainbow Ryders, Inc.
(800) 725-2477
(505) 823-1111

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Monday, March 22
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Creative Arts Center

Come find out one of the best-kept secrets of FMCA – chapter membership. This is an opportunity to see individual chapters showcasing their unique qualities – music, golfing, gaming, dining, sharing coach tips, or just kibitzing about motorhoming experiences. The variety of chapters will astound you, but watch out! Chapter members are exceptionally enthusiastic about this way of life . . . it can be contagious.


As America’s RV industry revs up for a year’s worth of celebrations in recognition of its 2010 Centennial, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is sending the Official Ambassador of the 2010 RV Centennial – a 34-inch American black bear stuffed animal – on a road trip to honor the people who love RVing and the workers who are the heart and soul of the RV industry.

RV companies and consumer shows participating in “Centennial Charlie’s Cross-Country Caravan” will host the 2010 RV Centennial mascot for a few days before sending him on to his next stop on the 100-day tour. Centennial Charlie, who is inspired by the bear in Go RVing’s 2010 Ambassadors of Affordability ad campaign, will bring the industry’s celebrations to RV enthusiasts and RV employees in a fun, unconventional way.

During Charlie’s visits, staff of RV manufacturing companies and consumer shows will take photos of the bear with RV workers and show-goers and, at the conclusion of Charlie’s journey, RVIA will produce a video chronicle of the mascot’s tour including photographs taken on his travels. The video will be shared with the RV industry at its June 7 celebration at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, and later will be posted on YouTube.

Join in the fun and have your picture taken with Charlie The Centennial Bear at surprise locations during FMCA’s “Albuquerque Fiesta” convention. Watch for him at the coach exhibits, indoor supplier/component exhibits, entertainment venues, and seminars.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
March 23, 24, and 25
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adjacent To The Daytime Entertainment Stage At EXPO New Mexico

Come join in the excitement! Be the first to see new coach models, unique floor plans, special designs, and state-of-the-art equipment at the Coach Of The Day area located near the Daytime Entertainment Stage at EXPO New Mexico in space #2017. This area will change daily and will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. While enjoying your coffee and doughnuts each morning at EXPO New Mexico, be sure to visit this area to see what is new and different.


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
March 23, 24, and 25
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (while quantities last)
Two locations:
Daytime Entertainment Stage At EXPO New Mexico and
Balloon Fiesta Park Entertainment Tent

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the Coffee Hour areas each morning beginning at 7:00 a.m., while quantities last, compliments of Roadmaster, Inc., C2952, an FMCA Five Star sponsor, and FMCA.


Daytime entertainment at the 83rd International Convention will take place at the Daytime Entertainment Stage at EXPO New Mexico, and during morning Coffee Hour at the Balloon Fiesta Park Entertainment Tent.

Evening entertainment on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday will be held at the Balloon Fiesta Park Entertainment Tent; and on Tuesday and Wednesday at Sandia Resort & Casino Amphitheater.

Please check the "Entertainment" section for details and the location for each performer.


Balloon Fiesta Park
Former Location of Garduño's Family Restaurant
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
March 23, 24, and 25
7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

EXPO New Mexico
Creative Arts Center
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
March 23, 24, and 25
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

"Early Morning Workout For All," which will incorporate exercise demonstrations from the TravelFit Rehab Series seminars -- Shoulder, Knee, and Back Health -- will be presented by Wayne and Dahelia Hunt, F235156. These health, exercise, and resistance-training specialists have been full-time RVers since 1995, and are health-wellness-fitness-performance educators and national presenters with more than 25 years of experience in their field. TravelFit and Professional Fitness Instructor Training are in association with the American College of Integrative Medicine. Wayne and Dahelia are directors of the Health Fitness Performance Institute in Houston, Texas. Exercise is medicine.


Sunday, March 21
7:00 p.m.
Balloon Fiesta Park Entertainment Tent

The good times commence on Sunday as attendees enjoy "Games Night." There, convention-goers can play board games, participate in candy bingo, and have an enjoyable evening socializing with fellow FMCA members.


Monday, March 22
8:00 a.m.
Sandia Golf Club
30 Rainbow Rd. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Wednesday, March 24
1:00 p.m.
Daytime Entertainment Stage At EXPO New Mexico

Ice cream will be provided at the Daytime Entertainment Stage at EXPO New Mexico. Sponsored by Miller RV Insurance Agency, Inc., C3045, an FMCA Two Star sponsor.


Monday, March 22
7:00 p.m.
Balloon Fiesta Park Entertainment Tent

Join your friends and make new ones at the "Albuquerque Fiesta Movie Night." Complimentary popcorn will be available while supplies last. Sponsored by Coach-Net, C4055, an FMCA One Star sponsor.


Monday, March 22
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Seminar 4, School Arts Building

Judy Czarsty, FMCA's senior vice president, will conduct a seminar to introduce first-time attendees to the fun, spirit, activities, and opportunities related to FMCA membership and attending rallies and conventions. Be sure to bring your convention program.


Thursday, March 25
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Information Center, Creative Arts Center

Come and see the children's quilts made and donated by FMCA’s On-Road Quilters. After the exhibit the quilts will be donated to the Linus Project, a nationwide charitable organization that provides Quilts for Kids in hospitals and various other charities providing services to children. A Linus Project coordinator will be available during the exhibit to discuss their organization.


Thursday, March 25
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Creative Arts Center
Sponsored by Kiley Mold Company, C7252, an FMCA One Star sponsor, and FMCA.

Join in the fun and wear your red hat, purple dress, and bring your favorite tea cup to FMCA’s own version of the Red Hat Society. Iced tea and refreshments will be served. Special entertainment will be provided by the Trumpet Geezers. A $1 donation will be collected at the sign-up table in the Information Center in the Creative Arts Center, beginning Monday, March 22, at 7:00 a.m.


As a special tribute to the centennial of RVing, a nostalgic display of vintage motorhomes, tent campers, and trailers from the 1950s and 1960s has been assembled for your enjoyment by the Classic Campers of New Mexico club. The club has decorated these vintage RVs to reflect the 50s and 60s, complete with lights, flamingos, etc. Join in the fun at this special display located near the Coach Exhibit area.

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