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FMCA’s “California Gold” event will be held March 26 to 29, 2015, at a facility that is widely recognized as a premier entertainment venue — Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair, in Pomona, California. More than 2,000 motorhomes are expected to gather at this 480-acre complex for FMCA’s 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase.
Dotted with palm trees and fountains, the beautifully landscaped venue boasts park-like settings and state-of-the-art facilities.
The 85,000-square-foot Conference Center — which offers the perfect balance between high-tech features and comfortable, inviting accommodations — will serve as an activity hub. Among other events, it will provide space for the more than 120 seminars that will be offered, covering a broad array of motorhome lifestyle topics. The center’s high-speed Internet access and closed-circuit LED screens will facilitate these sessions.
Top motorhome manufacturers and dealers from across North America will display the latest models of vehicles to meet any need or desire, and will roll out the red carpet as attendees tour motorhomes in a variety of sizes and floor plans.
Carpeted, climate-controlled indoor exhibition halls will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.
In addition to touring exhibits and attending seminars, motorhome owners will be treated to three nights of top-notch entertainment and a variety of special activities. Among them will be pickleball games on climate-controlled indoor courts. This action-packed game combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong and is popular among RVers, especially in RV parks in the Sunbelt.
Attendees also will be given the opportunity to embark on group tours of local sites and attractions.
With everything going on right at Fairplex, motorhome owners may not want to leave. In addition to all of the activities FMCA will be hosting, Fairplex offers two on-site restaurants, McKinley’s Grille, inside the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, and the Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill, near Fairplex gate 12.
And at the edge of Fairplex stands the NHRA Motorsports Museum, which houses an array of vintage and historic racing vehicles, and chronicles more than 50 years of American motorsports.
While the convention is organized for Family Motor Coach Association members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $7 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult, as are those with an active military ID. Those who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members).
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 Fairplex. All motorhome parking will be on hard surface, and attendees will be able to opt for 50-amp (limited quantity) or 30-amp electric hookups, or to “dry camp.”
Portable water and dump station facilities are available at Fairplex, or roving trucks will provide these services for a fee to those who want to keep enjoying the activities and not stop for housekeeping issues.
The price for non-FMCA members is $255 prior to February 3, 2015, and $275 after that date; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $205 for early-bird registrations and $225 after February 3. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)
Registration for the “California Gold” event will be available soon at http://www.fmca.com.
Family Motor Coach Association welcomes all motorhome owners to join. 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.
About Family Motor Coach Association • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle
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 80,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; an emergency medical evacuation/repatriation and travel assistance program; trip routing; group rates on motorhome 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.
On Friday at 1PM (just after the Ice Cream Social), prepare for the:
Here’s the press release on PRWeb: FMCAssist insurance
Please note: If you renew prior to October 1, 2014, you will be charged the renewal fee and refunds will not be offered.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
27th Annual Western Area Rally
Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival
Indio, California January 7-11, 2015
WINDSHIELD PLACARD: The large windshield placard that comes in your credentials packet acknowledges your registration, indicates to security and parking personnel that you have paid, and must be displayed at all times. If you decide to leave the grounds in your motorhome for any reason, you must display this window placard to re-enter.
TOW CAR HANGER: This hanger in your credentials packet should be displayed from the rear view mirror of your tow vehicle. When returning to the grounds in your tow vehicle, you must display the tow car hanger in order to re-enter.
EMERGENCY LOCATOR CARD: After you have been parked, please fill out your locator card (in your credentials packet) and turn it in at the Welcome / Information Desk in the Fullenwider Building (building 9). This locator card is the only means we have of finding you in the event of an emergency or if friends want to know where you are parked. Please be specific about your location (check signs posted near your location.) Also, please check to be sure that your coach license plate number is printed clearly.
NAME BADGES: Name badges (in your credentials packet) must be worn to gain admittance to the exhibit areas and all other activities. There is a space on the back of the badge to indicate emergency information and your coach location.
WESTERN AREA SOUVENIRS: Hatpins are your mementos of the Indio rally. You will receive them when you pick up your Welcome Bag at the Welcome Tent. If there is a sufficient supply, the hatpins will also be available at the Information Desk at the Fullenwider Building 9 for a cost of $2.00 each.
COFFEE & MUSIC IN THE MORNING: Early morning coffee, donuts/rolls or muffins will be offered for your enjoyment while the Frustrated Maestros entertain you with their music.
FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE RIBBONS: If you indicated on your registration form that you are attending your first Western Area Rally, we will enclose red First-Time Attendee ribbons in your credentials packet. These attach to your badges so experienced members can recognize you and be available to answer your questions.
FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE ORIENTATION: A meeting will be conducted for all first time attendees on Wednesday, January 7, 2014, in the Fullenwider Building 9 at 12:30 p.m.
CHAPTER FAIR: There will be a Chapter Fair, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at the Fullenwider Building 9 at 1:30 pm.
BINGO: Wednesday, January 7, 2015. $500 Blackout game prize. 7:00 pm
PARADE: Thursday 4:00 pm, Colorful parade designed around the Rally Theme with floats, chapter representatives, Western Area & National Officers.
OPENING CEREMONY: Thursday, January, 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Current rally announcements and updates, National & WMHA Officers are introduced. Chapters & volunteers are acknowledged.
LADIES TEA & FASHION SHOW: There will be a Ladies Tea and Fashion Show on Friday, January 9, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) with entertainment & door prizes. Ticket price is $2.00.
TWO ICE CREAM SOCIALS: Friday – 12:00 pm & Saturday – 12:00 pm in the stage area.
PET TALENT SHOW: There will be a Pet Talent Show Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 pm in the stage area.
From I-10 East or West take the Monroe Street exit 142 and exit south. Go three (3) miles on Monroe to Avenue 48. Turn left and go ½ mile on Avenue 48 to Arabia Street. Turn left on Arabia to the Arrival Area which will be on your right.
ARRIVAL AREA/PARKING: Arrival Area parking hours begin Sunday, January 4, 2015, at noon and end at 4:30 p.m. Parking hours will continue daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The WMHA Parking Crew will be on duty to assist you upon your arrival. If you arrive before January 7, 2015, you will be charged $20.00 per night camping fee, payable by check or cash. There will be no early arrivals before January 4, 2015.
If you registered for Handicap Parking, you must display your valid DMV issued sticker/tag.
If you have a tow vehicle, the parking crew requests that you unhook it in the Arrival Area so this does not hold up the parking operation once you have been taken to your assigned parking site.
If you wish to park close to friends, you and your friends must arrive together with appropriate admittance credentials. All coaches in the caravan must have the same parking credentials. Please identify your party by placing, in each coach, a piece of white 8 1/2” x 11” paper that has the last name of one of the members of your group followed by the position each motorhome occupies in your party (Smith 1 of 3; Smith 2 of 3; Smith 3 of 3, etc.) written in a heavy, black marking pen. These should be in the lower left-hand corner of the driver’s side of your front windshield.
MAIL: You may pick up your General Delivery mail from the Indio Post Office, located at 45805 Fargo Street, Indio, CA 92201
Phone: (760) 347-2092
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