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What is a Holding Area? Will motorhome service be available? What products will be displayed? Is the convention open to the public?

WHAT IS A FAMILY MOTOR COACH ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION?

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

WHERE AND WHEN?
What is the location of the 83rd International Convention?
What are the dates?
How do I get to the family parking area?

REGISTERING AND CONFIRMING INFORMATION
How can I register?
Are there other advantages to registering early?f
When will I receive my confirmation packet?
Will I be able to register for the convention at the Holding Area?
What happens if I have to cancel?

CONVENTION TERMS I SHOULD KNOW
What is Will Call and where is it located?
What is a Holding Area?
What is a Welcome Bag (aka Goody Bag)?

WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PARKING AREA?
Where will everyone be parked?
What is the surface of the parking lots?

WHAT CAMPING CONVENIENCES ARE AVAILABLE?
What about electric service?
Is there a dump station and fresh water available?

IS MOTORHOME SERVICE AVAILABLE?

EXHIBIT INFORMATION
What are the hours of the exhibits?
Are the exhibits open to the public?
What products will be displayed at the convention?
How can I exhibit at the convention?

ENTERTAINMENT, SEMINARS, TOURS & GOLF OUTING
What is the Entertainment?
Tell me about the seminars
Do I have to sign up for seminars?
What tours will be offered?
When and Where is the Golf Outing?

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
What is the address so I can have my mail sent to me?
Are children and grandchildren welcome?
Is my pet welcome at an FMCA convention?
May I bring my scooter, bike, moped or Segway to the convention grounds?
May I rent a golf cart at the convention?
Where can I find information about the Albuquerque area?
Will I be able to stay on convention property after the event?
What about weather?

WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT ISN'T ANSWERED HERE?

Give the FMCA Convention Staff a call.


What is a Family Motor Coach Association International Convention?

Imagine going to one place where you can meet new friends, view new motorhomes, shop, learn technical information regarding your motorhome, and be entertained.  Come join us and find out that it’s truly a huge family reunion, complete with entertainment, exhibits, and a whole lot of motorhoming fellowship!

Family members own motorhomes; commercial members manufacture and sell products that family members use in their motorhomes. When you put these two groups together…watch out!  What you get are four great days to visit hundreds of new state-of-the-art motorhomes including the latest technical and fuel economy features, as well as all the very important products that help you to enjoy this wonderful lifestyle.

Oh…and did we mention all the seminars, craft classes, tours, daytime entertainment, and great nights of evening entertainment that goes along with all the shopping?

FMCA conventions are just one of many member benefits that the not-for-profit association arranges for its members.


Why should I attend?

The reasons why families attend a convention are varied.  Here is what attendees have told us:

Family – Conventions are all about celebrating the motorhoming family’s lifestyle.

Fellowship – Friends who travel together or who plan opportunities to meet down the road find FMCA conventions a great place to gather. 

Motorhome purchase – Many of the major manufacturers and dealers bring their best products to display. It's the best place to compare brands and shop for that next coach.

Coach Service – Knowledgeable technicians discuss problems with coach owners at the conveniently located FMCA Service Center or at their display. Repairs are arranged on site or at an off site repair facility.

Entertainment – FMCA showcases wholesome family entertainment appropriate for all ages, both throughout the day and in the evening.

Supplier and Component Exhibits – One-stop shopping. Everything a motorhomer needs and much more can be found in the exhibit buildings.

Technical Seminars – Plan to arrive early as most of the technical seminars fill up fast. Topics include chassis, engines, transmissions, electrical systems, towing, tires, and communication systems.

Educational Seminars – Safe driving classes, digital photography, microwave-convection cooking, fuel efficiency, as well as full time RVing are popular topics.

Make-and-Take Craft Seminars – Learn a new skill and walk away with a convention keepsake. These fun sessions fill up quickly and do require pre-registration on Monday beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the Information Center.

Fun, Fitness, and Health Seminars – Where does it hurt? There's probably an exercise that can help. Professional instructors guide motorhomers through exercises they can do in their coaches while traveling.

Tours – Enjoy exploring the locale with a professional tour company guiding the way.

Travel Destination – Beautiful, warm climate with many opportunities to explore the area.

Uniqueness – Everything a motorhome owner could ask for in one location; information sources, vendors, education, entertainment, fellowship - - and the list goes on and on. Come experience it for yourself!


WHERE AND WHEN?

What is the location of FMCA’s 83rd International Convention?

Exhibits, seminars, and daytime entertainment will be at EXPO New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  General family parking will be at Balloon Fiesta Park, with handicap family coach parking at EXPO New Mexico.

What are the dates of the Albuquerque convention?

The official dates of the convention are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2010.

Since we want to minimize parking delays, FMCA has established “Parking Days” for Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, based upon the date you register for the convention.

How do I get to the family parking area?

Balloon Fiesta Park is immediately off I-25 and Pan American Freeway/South Frontage Road. Easily identifiable signs are conveniently located to direct convention-goers to Balloon Fiesta Park. Specific directions will be included in your confirmation material. 


REGISTERING AND CONFIRMING INFORMATION:

How can I register?

You have the following choices to register:

a) Online at www.fmca.com.

b) Mail the registration form located in your November, December, 2009, January and February 2010 issues of Family Motor Coaching magazine with check or credit card number to:
 
FMCA Convention Dept.
8291 Clough Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45244-2796.
(Make checks payable to Family Motor Coaching, Inc., in U.S. funds.)

c) Phone (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622, ask for Convention Family Registration.

d) Fax the registration form to (800) 543-4717 or (513) 474-2332.

Are there other advantages to registering early?

Yes! A savings of $30, if you register by March 1, 2010.  Besides the lower cost, early registrations receive early entry dates. Many families prefer to beat the crowd and get parked early.

Actually, you are also helping FMCA and the other convention attendees by pre-registering and arriving on your early entrance day.

When will I receive my confirmation packet?

Confirmation packets will be mailed as early as December 15. Upon registering, you may also choose to have your confirmation paperwork emailed to you versus being sent via mail.  Your parking credentials, however, must either be mailed to you or held at will call for you to pick-up. Registrations postmarked after March 12, 2010, will be held and you may pick them up at Will Call at the Holding Area in Albuquerque located at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Will I be able to register for the convention at the Holding Area?

Yes, FMCA provides a registration office in the Holding Area so non-registered families can be ready to move to their permanent parking on Monday and begin mingling with new and long-standing friends right away. 

P.S.  Pre-registration is recommended.  However, if you decide after the deadline to attend the convention, you may register at the Holding Area beginning Friday, March 19 until Monday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m., when registration will then be moved to the Information Center, located in the Creative Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico, for the duration of the convention.

What happens if I have to cancel?

You will receive a refund if your request is received in writing by March 10, 2010. Your confirmation packet, including credentials for parking and badges, must be returned before a refund will be processed.

Electric cancelled on or before February 12, will receive 100% refund. Electric cancelled after February 12, and on or before March 3, will be refunded 50%. Absolutely no refunds for electric cancelled after March 3, 2010.

All cancellations are subject to a $10 handling fee.


CONVENTION TERMS I SHOULD KNOW:

What is Will Call and where is it located?

A service provided by FMCA where pre-registered families can choose to pick up their convention admittance credentials on site at the Holding Area. Many families ask that their confirmation packets be held for them so they can pick them up at the convention.  Will Call is located in FMCA's Holding Area at Balloon Fiesta Park on San Diego Drive in Albuquerque, approximately ten miles from EXPO New Mexico.

What is a Holding Area?

A place where families who did not pre-register, can register for the convention; where families meet friends so they can park together; where families arrive prior to assigned parking days and wait for their assigned time to enter the grounds. 

What is a Welcome Bag (aka Goody Bag)?

Welcome bags contain your program, daily schedule of events and map, and the “Today” newsletter.  Members of the Welcome Crew will be stationed at various locations in the parking areas to collect your locator card in exchange for a Welcome Bag.  Look for the red "WELCOME" wind feathers marking the stations. Welcome Bags will also be located at the Registration Office in the Holding Area, in the Information Center, located in the Creative Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico, and in the FMCA Office in the Fine Arts Building at EXPO New Mexico. The Welcome Bag is also known as a goody bag.


WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PARKING AREA?

Where will everyone be parked?

Family parking will be at Balloon Fiesta Park, approximately ten miles from EXPO New Mexico.  Exhibits, seminars, and daytime entertainment will be at Expo New Mexico. Air-conditioned shuttle service will be provided.

What is the surface of the parking lots?

The majority of the parking lots are grass at Balloon Fiesta Park.


WHAT CAMPING CONVENIENCES ARE AVAILABLE?

What about electric service?

30-amp electric hookups are available, but limited, for an additional cost of $175. Be sure to pre-register for electric service when you register for the convention. Electrical service will be a combination of house power and power provided by generator.  An additional 10-gauge electric cord may be necessary if your motorhome cord does not reach the provided 30-amp receptacle. FMCA also encourages members to have surge protectors on power cords leading to the electrical panel. If you need to cancel your request for electric, you must do so in writing on or before February 12. From February 13, and on or before March 3, electric fees will be refunded at 50%. Due to contract obligations with the electrical provider, absolutely no refunds for electric cancelled after March 3, 2010.

Electric service for family members begins at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 21, and ends at 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 26.

Is there a dump station and fresh water available?

There is no dump station located at Balloon Fiesta Park.  A pump out roving service may be purchased for $25 plus tax from AAA Pumping Service, Inc. at the Information Center in the Creative Arts Center, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  Fresh water is available at EXPO New Mexico in Lot O, and in Lot OO at Balloon Fiesta Park, or may be purchased and delivered by AAA Pumping Service, Inc., up to 55 gallons, for $25 plus tax.  Be prepared and arrive at the grounds with full water tanks and empty holding tanks. 


IS MOTORHOME SERVICE AVAILABLE?

Yes. The Service Center will be located at Balloon Fiesta Park on Monday, March 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 23, 24, and 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Firms that have a service vehicle, request that you make an appointment with their personnel at the FMCA Service Center. The service van will meet you at your coach in your parking area. Service is limited and some firms may direct you to service facilities outside the grounds. Firms not participating at the service center should be contacted at their exhibit booth.


EXHIBIT INFORMATION:

What are the hours of the exhibits?

Enjoy visiting the motorhome displays during the motorhome exhibit preview on Monday, March 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Motorhome exhibits, component, and supplier exhibits are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 23, 24, and 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Are the exhibits open to the public?

Yes. There is a public gate fee of $7 per day per person to go to visit the exhibits only.  Free public car parking is available and will be located in Lots 1 and J of EXPO New Mexico.  Public will be directed to take I-40 to exit 162A (Louisiana Boulevard South); entering at Gate 8 of EXPO New Mexico off Louisiana Boulevard, and follow signs to public parking and to purchase tickets available near the Pedestrian Tunnel.

To visit the exhibits, attend all the seminars and evening entertainment for one day, FMCA members and public gate patrons can purchase a daily passport at the public gate for $55 for members and $65 for non members.

What products will be displayed at the convention?

Everything from A to Z will be on display at the Albuquerque convention – the latest motorhome models (Types A, B, C as well as bus conversions) to components and accessories. There will be hundreds of new motorhomes on display for your viewing pleasure, and many manufacturers and dealers have demo vehicles for test drives. We also have hundreds of component/supplier companies displaying a wide range of components and accessories.

How can I exhibit at the convention?

For exhibit registration information, contact FMCA's Convention Sales Department at (800) 543-3622, ext. 214 or 254. Or, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or register online at www.fmca.com; or download the Exhibitor Brochure.


ENTERTAINMENT, SEMINARS, TOURS AND GOLF OUTING:

What is the Entertainment?

Evening entertainment is open only to registered convention attendees, and is not open to public gate patrons.

Sunday, March 21, 7:00 p.m., Balloon Fiesta Park entertainment tent
Games Night. The good times times commence on Sunday evening 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.

The winners from FMCA's Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Western and South Central areas will compete in front of the audience and judges.

Monday, March 22, 7:00 p.m., Balloon Fiesta Park entertainment tent
Movie Night. Enjoy the Disney-Pixar comedy "Up" with complimentary popcorn and candy.

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Sandia Casino Amphitheater
Pink Flamingo Express perform.
The Pink Flamingo Express provides a wide range of music, from elegant and classy dinner music to Broadway show tunes; from themed extravaganzas to an energetic and unpredictable dance party. All with a flair and enthusiasm that harks back to their theatre roots. The Pink Flamingos' reputation is built on the street performer art of accurately "reading the audience" and guiding the performance based on that. The result is highly engaging and motivating. Throughout their non-stop performance, they have the audience out of their seats, on their feet, (and even up on the stage) all night long. They combine audience participation with choreography, outrageous original costuming, handpainted backdrops, theatre bits and music everyone knows to produce an evening often described as- unexpected, unprecedented and unforgettable. More info: http://thepinkflamingos.com/.

Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m., Sandia Casino Amphitheater
BJ Thomas performs. With more than 70 million records sold, BJ Thomas' vocal versatility is as apparent today as it was when he recorded his first hit in 1967, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

Since the mid-1960s, BJ Thomas has become one of the most recognized and respected voices of the American musical landscape. He has impacted many areas of popular music with 15 Top 40 pop hits, 10 Top 40 country hits, five Grammys, two Dove awards and 15 Gold and Platinum Records. Thomas is the only artist to successfully move to the top of three music genres not as a crossover and also have crossover success. Fans frequently approach BJ to thank him for the impact of his songs, which include the mega hit “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and country tunes such as “New Looks From An Old Lover." As the tours and records keep coming, BJ Thomas maintains his reputation as a singer. “BJ is one of the greatest all-time singers of today,” according to Nashville songwriter Mark James, who wrote "Hooked On a Feeling" and Elvis’ "Suspicious Minds." More info: http://www.bjthomas.com/

Thursday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., Balloon Fiesta Park entertainment tent
Flying J Wranglers Perform
The Flying J Wranglers are famous throughout the Southwest for their original western harmonies, instrumentals, and homespun comedy. Master of Ceremonies and acoustic bass guitarist Roy Black previously performed with the Timbreline Band. He has entertained as bass player and vocalist at America's Music Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., and at the Las Vegas Maxim Hotel, Aladdin Hotels and Sam’s Town.

Multi-instrumentalist Randy Jones, a virtuoso on guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro, is also a strong vocal performer who many in the area remember from his 15-year career with the Moon Pie Dance Band of El Paso, Texas. Corinna Ripple began taking classical music lessons at age 9 and also picked up the fiddle. As her love for music grew she began to take lessons from Ed Neff, bluegrass fiddler and mandolin player for Vern Williams. The Wrangers' performances feature classic western and traditional melodies and their signature spoofs of contemporary songs. An evening with the Flying J Wranglers is filled with old time spirit – an unforgettable gift for everyone. More info: www.flyingjranch.com/meet.html

Thursday, March 25, Balloon Fiesta Park
Balloon Glow. Tethered hot-air balloons fire up their burners for a colorful balloon glow on the last night of the convention.

Daytime entertainment is open to all convention attendees, including public gate patrons. Daytime entertainment will be located at the Ford Pavilion at EXPO New Mexico.  Check back soon for a complete list of daytime entertainment.


Tell me about the seminars?

Whether you are an experienced motorhomer or new to the lifestyle, you'll find that FMCA's convention seminars cover all of the bases.  The seminar schedule will be listed in the convention program, which you will receive when you are parked. There will be over 130 seminars encompassing a wide variety of topics, including several technical classes on different aspects of motorhome maintenance, fuel efficiency, health, fitness, healthy cooking, travel, and many make-and-take craft classes.  Take advantage of the opportunity to absorb the knowledge from accomplished professionals in the motorhome industry.

The seminars begin on Monday, March 22, and continue Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 23, 24, and 25. Seminars are not open to the general public.


Do I have to sign up for seminars?

The seminars are included in your registration fee. Seating is limited in some of the seminar areas and may fill up early. Be sure to wear your event badge.

A fee for materials will be charged for make-and-take craft classes and the RV Driving Safety Program. Registration for these sessions begins on Monday, March 22, at 7:00 a.m. in the Information Center, located in the Creative Arts Center. Classes fill up quickly, so it is recommended you arrive early to the Information Center on Monday to register for crafts and the RV Driving Safety Program.

You can register on Monday, March 22, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to have your coach weighed by the RV Safety Education Foundation in the Information Center, located in the Creative Arts Center or during exhibit hours in the supplier exhibits at the RV Safety Education Foundation booth.


What tours will be offered?

Destination Southwest will be offering optional sight-seeing tours of Albuquerque and surrounding areas throughout the convention. Check them out at http://www.fmca.com/index.php/conventions/albuquerque. A list of optional tours will also be included in your confirmation material.


When and where is the Golf Outing?

After being absent for many years, a golf tournament will return as part of the activities at FMCA's 83rd International Convention in Albuquerque next March. The tournament will be held on Monday, March 22, at the Sandia Golf Club which is only two miles from family parking. There will be a shotgun start with a 4-person scramble format. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome to play. There will be individual and team prizes; teams will be handicapped. The golf registration fee is $70.00 per player which includes 18 holes of golf, practice balls, cart, prizes, and lunch at the course. Participants can register by calling FMCA's convention registration department, 1-800-543-3622. More information about the golf outing, contact Bill Marti at (303) 898-7039 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

What is the address so I can have my mail sent to me?
 
Mail for family members sent to the address below will be sorted and available at the Information Center, located in the Creative Arts Center, beginning at noon on Monday, March 22.

Your Name and Member Number
c/o Family Motor Coach Association
P.O. Box 8543
Albuquerque, NM  87198

For General Delivery picked-up at the Post Office:
Your Name
Highland Post Office
c/o General Delivery
Albuquerque, NM  87108


Are children and grandchildren welcome?

Absolutely, however, there will be no organized youth program or youth center at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, convention.


Is my pet welcome at an FMCA convention?

Yes. Pets must be kept in the family parking areas unless they are providing service assistance. Pets are to be kept on a leash when outside your motorhome. Please be considerate of others and be a responsible pet owner by cleaning up after your pets. We also ask the pet owners to complete the pet registry located on the back of the locator card.


May I bring my scooter, bike, moped, or Segway to the convention grounds?

Segways, scooters, and similar motorized devices are permitted on grounds; however, they may not be used inside any convention exhibit hall, evening entertainment area, or any other indoor area during an FMCA convention due to large crowds.

Licensed vehicles are not permitted inside the exhibit areas and should also not be parked in areas that block fire evacuation.

Due to the number of people visiting indoor displays, only wheelchairs and personal mobility carts are permitted in these areas. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


May I rent a golf cart at the convention?

Golf carts are available for rent at the convention. More information on rental rates and procedures will be included in confirmation packets.


Where can I find information about the Albuquerque area?

Information will be posted on FMCA’s web site: http://www.fmca.com/index.php/conventions/albuquerque/2819-exploring-albuquerque as it becomes available.

Albuquerque's Convention and Visitor's Bureau also provides RV trip planning tools.  Check out their page http://itsatrip.org/trip-planning/RV/default.aspx.


Will I be able to stay on convention property after the event?

All families must leave the grounds by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 26. If you would like to stay longer, further instructions will be available at the Information Center in the Creative Arts Center.


What about weather?

Beautiful! Be sure to pack your sunglasses! It's usually very pleasant in March in Albuquerque with mostly sunny days. The average high temperature in March is 62 degrees.


WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT ISN'T ANSWERED HERE?

Give FMCA's Convention Staff a call Toll-Free 1-800-543-3622 or email them This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The convention program will have lots of information about on-site services. Representatives from the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau will be available in the Information Center to assist with questions relating to services available in the local area.

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