FMCA Announces Event Cancellations
Published on: 04/03/2020
Cincinnati, Ohio - The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a number of event cancellations for the FMCA RV club, the world's largest not-for-profit RV owners group. After being forced to cancel FMCA's 101st International Convention and RV Expo just two weeks before it was set to begin in late March in Tucson, Arizona, the association's Board of Directors voted on March 20, 2020, to cancel the FMCA convention scheduled for August 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well.
"With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we decided that moving forward with plans for the August event in Nebraska could place FMCA in another situation where we'd be forced to cancel an event late in the game," FMCA national president Jon Walker said. "Registration for the Lincoln convention had been open only about a month when we met to discuss, but people weren't signing up at the usual pace. So, all things considered, the board reluctantly voted to cancel the event."
Prior to these two cancellations, FMCA had never canceled a convention after registration started in its 57-year history.
FMCA has 10 regions that each host an area rally nearly every year, and several of those rallies have been canceled as well. Numerous FMCA chapters (subgroups within each region) have canceled rallies also as RVers across North America cope with the spread of the virus and the "stay at home/shelter in place" orders.
FMCA now looks forward to its next international convention, set to take place March 10 through 13, 2021, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. Registration for the event will begin in fall 2020.
"Perry, Georgia, is a fantastic place to have an RV reunion after the current crisis passes," Chris Smith, FMCA CEO said. "The Georgia National Fairgrounds is one of the best facilities we visit, and it has plenty of room for all of the RVers who are going to want to gather for a great big celebration after the unfortunate cancellations of 2020. As they say in Georgia, "Ya'll come!'"
FMCA also is scheduled to host a convention July 7 through 10, 2021, at Cam-Plex Multi-Event Facilities in Gillette, Wyoming, with registration to begin in winter 2021.
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FMCA is the world's largest not-for-profit association for recreation vehicle (RV) owners. The organization maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has over 142,000 active members. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family RVing; a medical emergency and travel assistance program valued at $200 per family; a tire purchasing program; group rates on a roadside assistance program, RV and auto insurance, and health insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and discounts on mobile internet access plans from Verizon and Sprint. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of RV travel.
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