June 9, 2016
In early August, FMCA members will embrace the freedom of the open road and go back to the organization's roots, as they point their RVs toward West Springfield, Massachusetts, for the group's 94th international convention.
CINCINNATI, Ohio — Freedom is one of the benefits of recreation vehicle travel — the freedom to hit the open road and to travel the highways and byways while taking along the comforts of home. Members of Family Motor Coach Association – a Cincinnati-based organization for owners of motorhomes – will embrace this freedom in early August as they point their RVs toward Massachusetts, a state that played a pivotal role in U.S. history as it relates to the quest for freedom.
The Eastern States Exposition, home of the Big E, in West Springfield will host association members from August 3 through 6 as they celebrate all things related to motorhome travel.
“We are thrilled to be planning FMCA’s first-ever international convention in the state of Massachusetts,” FMCA national president Charlie Adcock said. “Not only did the Northeast play a part in the birth of the United States, but it also played a role in the founding of FMCA back in 1963. The meeting where FMCA was formed took place in New England, and many early members lived there as well.”
For starters, top motorhome manufacturers and dealers will display their latest models as part of the motorhome showcase scheduled to take place. With the variety of sizes and floor plans on exhibit, attendees should have no trouble finding a motorhome to suit their needs. In addition, more than 300 indoor booths will be chock-full of RV-related components and products, and company representatives offering a variety of services to RV owners also will be on hand.
FMCA events also allow motorhome owners — and those exploring the idea of ownership — to expand their knowledge via seminars conducted by RV experts. More than 100 different topics will be addressed during the event in West Springfield.
In addition, attendees will be treated to several nights of topnotch entertainment:
- Thursday, August 4: The Texas Tenors will present a patriotic salute with their show titled “Let Freedom Sing.” The members of this singing group finished fourth in the TV show “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 and have continued to delight audiences since that time.
- Friday, August 5: The evening show will bring an upbeat, family-friendly performance by The Dave and Daphne Show.
- Saturday, August 6: Massachusetts native and country music recording artist Ayla Brown will take the stage.
Attendees also can take part in a variety of special activities, among them group tours of local sites and attractions.
RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the rest of the group at the Eastern States Exposition, home of the Big E. Details and pricing are available here. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $10 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult, as are those with an active military ID.
The association welcomes all motorhome owners as members. Dues are $50 for the first year and $40 per year thereafter. Those who do not yet own a motorhome but are interested in learning more may sign up for a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine for $30 per year (includes both print and digital editions).
Family Motor Coach Association
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 70,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical evacuation and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on motorhome and auto insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and a tire purchasing program. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation. The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the Web at FMCA.com.
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(800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622