RV City In Gillette
Written by broebling on July 18, 2018
Press Release – Members of FMCA, a Cincinnati-based organization for RV owners, are in Gillette for a four-day event focusing on various aspects of their favorite form of travel. A small city on wheels will take shape as the owners of nearly 2,000 RVs converge on CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities, July 18 through 21. During FMCA’s 98th International Convention and RV Expo, which has been dubbed “Wanted in Wyoming,” in honor of the host state, attendees will participate in various activities designed to enhance the RV lifestyle.
Organizers have scheduled more than 100 educational sessions aimed at helping RV owners glean more enjoyment from their homes on wheels. Various RV experts will conduct seminars during the event. Topics range from tire maintenance, technology, and safe driving to microwave-convection cooking and RV trips to Alaska.
Attendees also will be able to tour RVs of all types, sizes, and price ranges as part of the RV showcase that will take place during the event. Looking for a diesel-powered motorhome with all of the latest luxuries? Or maybe a fifth-wheel or conventional travel trailer that provides the amenities needed to enjoy the RV life? Explore these options and everything in between as you consider what would best suit your travel style.
Other organized activities include fun-filled games and exciting daytime and evening entertainment. On tap is a performance by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson. Matthew and Gunnar will present a multimedia performance titled “Ricky Nelson Remembered” and perform some of their famous father’s biggest hits. Texas native Thomas Michael Riley will share his original country music, and the members of New Odyssey will play music that spans five decades as they exhibit their musical prowess with the nearly three dozen instruments they collectively play. On the final night of the event, The Flashback Boyz from Southern California will shake the stage with some old-time rock and roll from the 1950s, ’60s, and beyond.
Attendees also will have time for plenty of socializing with their fellow RV owners during the week.
Members of the public are invited to join the fun. For those who want to view only the RV displays and the supplier and component exhibits, admission costs $10 per day or $25 for a family of three or more; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Individuals with an active military ID are admitted free as well. Those who would like to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $50 per person. Free public parking will be available at the Broken Spur Road entrance off Boxelder Road.
Hours for viewing the exhibits are as follows: Wednesday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the group at CAM-PLEX. The gate registration price is $225 when paid by cash or check and $235 for credit card payment and also grants the RV owner a one-year FMCA membership. (An additional fee is charged for electric..)
Traffic advisory information. Viewers/readers/listeners in Gillette and surrounding areas will notice RVs of all types and sizes arriving at CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities as the attendees and exhibitors move in on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, July 15, 16, and 17. The area around CAM-PLEX will be more congested than normal during arrival times.
The event is expected to have a positive economic impact on the surrounding area as tourists visit local attractions, shopping areas, gas stations, and more.
Media representatives. Typically, FMCA conventions attract significant media attention. An infinite number of lifestyle stories and a great deal of material related to contemporary RVs will be available. Media representatives are, of course, welcome to pursue any angle that they find interesting. However, for an overall orientation to the convention activities, FMCA encourages newspeople to request to speak with Robbin Gould upon arriving at CAM-PLEX, or to call ahead to establish a meeting time.
When media representatives arrive at the fairgrounds, they should enter the facility via Windmill Drive and follow the signs to the exhibitor/press registration office in the East Pavilion. Press credentials will be available there.
You are welcome to stop by to witness the activities. Please call if any questions arise.
FMCA Convention Facts
What is FMCA? FMCA is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of recreation vehicles (RVs). The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has more than 75,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family RVing; group discounts on a roadside assistance program, RV insurance, and member-only RV tours and caravans; a tire purchasing program; discounts on mobile internet plans from Verizon and Sprint; and a medical emergency and travel assistance plan that is included with paid membership dues and is valued at $105 per family. The association also hosts two conventions each year, which is what will bring the group to Gillette, Wyoming, in mid-July. The event, which will be the group’s 98th International Convention, has been dubbed “Wanted in Wyoming” in honor of the host state.
Convention dates and location: The “Wanted in Wyoming” event will take place Wednesday through Saturday, July 18 through 21, at the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities in Gillette.
Convention activities: Association members will gather to enjoy activities such as a sizable RV exhibition. Leading manufacturers and dealers will bring new RVs for viewing. A variety of RVs will be on display. In addition, companies will exhibit RV components, accessories, campground information, home products, and more. Other options will include informative seminars, entertainment, and social activities.
How many people are expected to attend? Nearly 2,000 RVs and some 5,000 people are expected to gather at the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities.
Can the public attend? Area residents are welcome to come view the RVs and the RV-related components and accessories that will be on display. Daily admission for exhibits is $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more; children 12 and under admitted free with an accompanying adult. Individuals with an active military ID also will be admitted free. A Daily Passport that provides admittance to the exhibits, seminars, and evening entertainment is available for $50 per person. Show hours on Wednesday, July 18, will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; hours on Thursday through Saturday, July 19 through 21, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free public parking will be available at the Broken Spur Road entrance off Boxelder Road.