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What is a Family Motor Coach Association Family Renuion & Motorhome Showcase?

Imagine going to one place where you can meet new friends, renew acquaintances, 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 Family Reunions 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 are varied.  Here is what attendees have told us:
 
Family – Family Reunions 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 Family Reunions a great place to gather. 
 
Motorhome Purchase – Many of the major manufacturers and dealers bring their best and newest products to display. It's the best place to compare brands and shop for that next motorhome.
 
Coach Service – Knowledgeable technicians discuss problems with motorhome 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 are very popular and seating may be hard to find. 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 a few of the topics that will be presented.
 
Make-and-Take Craft Seminars– Learn a new skill and walk away with a keepsake. These fun sessions fill up quickly and do require pre-registration on Monday beginning at 7 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 while traveling.
 
Tours – Enjoy exploring the locale with a professional tour company guiding the way.  Many tours provide a unique opportunity not offered to individuals visiting on their own.
 
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!

What is the location of FMCA’s 89th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase?

The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, conveniently located off Interstate 75.

What are the dates of the Perry Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase?

The official dates are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2014.

In order to minimize parking delays, FMCA has established “Parking Days” for Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16.  Your “Date of Admittance” is the earliest time you will be parked.  If you arrive later than your assigned arrival time, don’t worry, you will be parked as quickly as possible.

How do I get to the family parking area?

The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter is located in Perry immediately off Interstate 75. Easily identifiable fairgrounds signs are conveniently located to direct motorists. Directional signs are also prominent along I-75. Specific directions will be included in your confirmation material.

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 September, October, November and December 2013, and January and February 2014 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, and ask for the Events Department.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. 

When will I receive my confirmation packet?

Confirmation packets will be mailed as early as Jan. 15, 2014. 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. Will Call will be located in the Holding Area near the East Entrance of the fairgrounds on Starbuck Road.

Will I be able to register at the Holding Area?

Yes, FMCA provides a registration office on the grounds so non-registered families can register when they arrive on site.

P.S. Pre-registration is recommended.  However, if you decide after the deadline to attend, you may register at the Holding Area/ Information Center, located in the Multipurpose Building, beginning Friday, March 14.

What happens if I have to cancel?

You will receive a refund if your request is received in writing by March 5, 2014. Your confirmation packet, including credentials for parking and badges, must be returned before a refund will be processed.
 
Electric cancelled on or before Jan. 27, will receive 100 percent refund. Electric cancelled after Jan. 27, and on or before March 5, will be refunded 50%. Absolutely no refunds for electric cancelled after March 5, 2014.

All cancellations are subject to a $10 handling fee to cover the cost of printing and postage of materials.

What is Will Call and where is it located?

Will Call is a service provided by FMCA where pre-registered families can choose to pick up their 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 fairgrounds. Will Call is located in FMCA's Holding Area near the East Entrance of the fairgrounds on Starbuck Road.

What is a Holding Area?

A place 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, as well as volunteers, will be at distribution stations in the parking lots to give you a Welcome Bag, and collect your locator card. Locator cards can also be exchanged for a Welcome Bag at the FMCA Office located in the Roquemore Conference Center; and beginning on Friday, March 14, in the Information Center located in the Multipurpose Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Welcome Bag is also known as a Goody Bag.

Where will everyone be parked?

All parking will be at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter.

What is the surface of the parking lots?

The parking lots are mostly grass.
 
Since 2005, the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter have upgraded the parking areas to assist in drainage in case of rain. Capital expenditures of over $1.2 million have significantly improved the transportation of attendees to and from their coaches to activity areas. The trams will be able to navigate on hard surfaced roadways through all the parking lots in all kinds of weather conditions.

What about electric service?

30-amp electric only hookups are available, but limited, for an additional cost of $175. Be sure to request electric service when you register. 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 temporary 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 Jan. 27. From Jan. 28, and on or before March 5, electric fees will be refunded at 50 percent. Due to contract obligations with the electrical provider, absolutely no refunds for electric cancelled after March 5, 2014.
 
Electric service for family members begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 16, and ends at 9 a.m. Friday, March 21.

Is there a dump station and fresh water available?

FMCA has arranged an on-site dump station and pump out roving services that  may be purchased in the Information Center in the Multipurpose Building, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Fresh water is also available on-site or may be purchased and delivered. 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 in the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building, located just inside the West Gate of the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, and will open on Monday, March 17, from noon. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 18, 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 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. Please do not bring your motorhome to the service center. 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.
 
Motorhome service is reserved for members registered for and residing on the event grounds.

What are the hours of the exhibits?

Enjoy visiting the motorhome displaysduring the Motorhome ExhibitPreview on Monday, March 17, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is in addition to the display hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
 
Supplier, component, and outdoor supplier demonstration area exhibit hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are the exhibits open to the public?

Yes. There is a $7 public gate fee per day per person to go to the exhibits only. Free public car parking is available and will be located at the north gate at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. Public will be directed to take exit 135 (Larry Walker Parkway/ Golden Isle Parkway), and follow signs to public parking and to purchase tickets.
 
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 motorhome showcase?

Everything from A to Z will be on display at Perry – 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?

For exhibit registration information, contact FMCA's Sales Department at (800) 543-3622, ext. 214 or 254. Or, send an e-mail to conventionexhibitor@fmca.com. Register online or download the Exhibitor Brochure at www.fmca.com/conventions/perry/3257-exhibitor-registration.

What is the entertainment?

Evening entertainment is open only to registered attendees and Daily Passports, and is not open to public gate patrons.
 
Sunday, March 16, 7 p.m.
TBD
Please check back for details.
 
Monday, March 17, 5: p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Motorhome Exhibit Preview
Enjoy visiting the motorhome displays during the Motorhome Exhibit Preview on Monday, March 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is in addition to the motorhome display hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
 
Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m., Reaves Arena
Jeanne Robertson
Award-winning speaker Jeanne Robertson is an expert in humor, whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6'2" Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or outlining the steps to developing a sense of humor. Jeanne is past president of the National Speakers Association and was the first woman to win NSA's top honor, the Cavett Award. A member of the Speakers Hall of Fame, Jeanne was also honored by Toastmasters International when it named her the recipient of its Golden Gavel Award, presented annually to one individual who has demonstrated outstanding skills in communication and leadership.

Author of three books on humor, Jeanne has produced six DVD/CD humor programs in the last eleven years and can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio's Laugh USA, the Family Comedy Channel. This lets millions nationwide know she speaks two languages fluently: English … and Southern. http://jeannerobertson.com
 
Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Reaves Arena
The Texas Tenors
This is the top vocal group from the 2009 edition of NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.”
Friends John Hagen, JC Fisher, and Marcus Collins were following a dream when they walked onstage in Houston, Texas, to audition for the TV show. They found stardom a few months later as millions of people from around the world tuned in to see and hear them perform. The trio finished fourth overall, but in the process gained the respect and admiration of countless viewers who embraced their distinctive sound and artistic renditions of songs ranging from country and classical to pop and gospel.
 
Each individual brings something different to the group. John Hagen shows his vast classical music experience, having performed in numerous national operas and Broadway shows. JC Fisher, who was raised on a cattle ranch, adds the country and gospel influence. And Marcus Collins infuses the group with raw emotion and a contemporary pop sound.
 
Since their whirlwind rise to stardom, The Texas Tenors have performed throughout the United States. The group has appeared at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and will make a 21-stop tour of the United Kingdom in the fall. The trio also released its debut album, The Texas Tenors: Country Roots – Classical Sound. http://www.thetexastenors.com/
 
 
Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m., Reaves Arena
Sarah Michelle Getto
She was born blind and with a severe cleft palate. Sarah began teaching herself to play the piano at age 3 and the violin at 10. She also plays the guitar, bass and the autoharp. She started composing music in her early teens. Sarah writes music in many styles including Country, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Classical andChristian. She also enjoys composing Instrumental Sound Tracks. She does all of her recording in her own studio. Sarah has performed all across the country at Music Shows, Conventions, RV Resorts and Rallies. Sarah is an avid RV owner herself and has traveled over 50,000 miles during the last two years, entertaining tens of thousands of recreational vehicle enthusiasts in 26 states. Her show features music originally recorded by Anne Murray, Karen Carpenter, The Supremes, Captain and Tennille, Alison Krauss, and many other Pop, Country and Gospel performers.
 
Daytime entertainmentis open to all attendees, including public gate patrons. Daytime entertainment will be located in Sheep Barn 1. 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 seminars cover all of the bases. The seminar schedule will be listed in the program, which you will receive in your Welcome Bag. 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 17, and continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 18, 19 and 20. 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 17, at 7 a.m. in the Information Center, located in the Multipurpose Building. Classes fill up quickly, so it is recommended that you arrive early to the Information Center on Monday to register for crafts and the RV Driving Safety Program.

You also can register at the Information Center on Monday, March 17, from 7 a.m. to noon, to have your coach weighed by the RV Safety Education or register during exhibit hours in the supplier exhibits at the RV Safety Education Foundation booth.

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 Multipurpose Building beginning at noon on Monday, March 17.

Family Motor Coach Association
Member Name and Member Number
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
 
For General Delivery picked-up at the Post Office:
 
Member Name
General Delivery
1400 Macon Road
Perry, GA 31069

What tours will be offered?

TBD
Please check back for details.

Are children and grandchildren welcome?

Absolutely! However, there will be no organized youth program or youth center in Perry.

I have friends who would like to come, but they don’t own a motorhome. Can they attend?

Absolutely! There are several ways your friends may attend and be introduced to this great association:
 
Passportsare available if your friends wish to stay in a campground off-site. This category gives the attendee all the privileges of families staying on the grounds without the additional parking charge.
 
If your friends only wish to come in for a day, a Daily Passport is available at a cost of $65 for non-members per day. The daily passport affords the attendee to see exhibits, attend seminars, and enjoy the evening entertainment scheduled for the day.
 
A Day Pass entitling the guest to just visit the exhibits is available for $7 per day per person.
 
Friends who own a towable can stay on grounds by registering the following ways -- online at www.fmca.com; mail the registration form located in the Family Motor Coaching magazine; fax the form to (800) 543-4717; phone (800) 543-3622 or email the form to convention.registration@fmca.com. They will register as a non-member.

Is my pet welcome?

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?

Segways, scooters, and similar motorized devices are permitted on grounds; however, they may not be used inside any exhibit hall, evening entertainment area, or any other indoor area 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.

By registering for this event, attendees understand that they must carry valid insurance on their personal mobility cart and or personal golf cart during the event.

May I rent a golf cart?

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

Where can I find information about the Perry area?

Information will be posted on the Perry 2014 section of FMCA.com as it becomes available.
 
The Perry Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau also provides things to see and do in the Perry area. Check out their web site at http://www.perryga.com/.

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

All families must leave the grounds by 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21. If you would like to stay longer, further instructions will be available at the Information Center in the Multipurpose Building.

What about the weather?

Beautiful! Be sure to pack your sunglasses and your umbrella! It's usually very pleasant in March in Middle Georgia with mostly sunny days. The average high temperature in March is 68 degrees.

What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

Give FMCA's Staff a call Toll-Free 1-800-543-3622 or e-mail them at conventionregistration@fmca.com.
 
The event program will contain lots of information about on-site services. Representatives from the Perry Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be available in the Information Center to assist with questions relating to services available in the local area.
 
Have fun! Meet some of the most interesting people you’ll find anywhere.

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