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Winnebago to host 41st Grand National Rally

Winnebago Industries, Inc. will be going Hollywood during the 41st annual Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club Grand National Rally (GNR). It's scheduled July 18 to 23, 2010, at the rally grounds across from Winnebago Industries’ headquarters in Forest City, Iowa.

“We are excited to bring a little ‘tinsel town’ fanfare to Forest City for our week long Grand National Rally,” said WIT general manager Doug Formanek. “With over 1,300 Winnebago Industries motorhomes expected, we are looking forward to a fun-filled week of celebrity look-alikes and red carpet activities as we celebrate our Hollywood Legends theme.”

The GGNR will feature seminars, entertainment and fun activities. Many attendees will be dressed as their favorite actor or actress, and will participate in events as the Happy Camper Cookoff, Motor Home Rodeo and the first ever “WIT Movie,” where attendees will star in a movie filmed entirely during the rally. Best performance awards will even be awarded to event winners throughout the week.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend this year's rally, Formanek said. “I’m sure Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and even Roy Rogers will make an appearance. But the real star of the week is the RV lifestyle that WIT members enjoy in their Winnebago Industries motorhomes. This rally is the perfect mix of fun, friendship and camaraderie -- and is the real reason our members return home every year. "

Although the rally officially doesn’t begin until July 18, WIT members typically start arriving as early as two to three weeks early for pre-rally events and to participate in Forest City’s Puckerbrush Days activities.

WIT members would like to register for the rally can call (800) 643-4892, ext. 1, or visit www.witclub.com and click on the “Special GNR Edition” tab.

More than 14,000 people members belong to WIT, which is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago Industries motorhome.

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