Family Motor Coach Associate takes over the ND State Fairgrounds

Published: Aug. 14, 2019 at 5:37 PM CDT
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The Family Motor Coach Association is at the North Dakota State fairgrounds for their 100th International Convention and RV Expo.

FMCA representatives say they expected up to 4,000 people and 1,700 motor coaches to be a part of this year's rally.

RV's as far as the eye can see.

"It's my first rally. I just retired recently so it's my first rally, but I am having a great time so far and learning a lot of information,” said Steve Medlin, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"Folks from California, New York, Florida from Canada. All over the US. They come for this convention,” saidDoug Uhlenbrock, FMCA events director.

"Because it is bringing people from all across the country and they were excited to come here because a lot of times they don't make it to North Dakota; this was a good reason to come,” said Renae Korslien, North Dakota State Fair general manager.

FMCA has been around for 55 years and has grown a lot since it began.

"It started by a bunch of RVers and they were new RVers. They probably didn't call them self RVers, they were folks who turned their bread trucks and their old school buses into RVs. They gathered to see and eclipse and that is where FMCA formed,” said Doug Uhlenbrock.

But today, FMCA is about so much more than watching eclipses.

"Socially, it's a lot of fun. We have a lot of friends here. We meet a lot new of friends and it's also a vast learning experience,” said Paul Metzinger, Casa Grande, Arizona.

"So education is really a big thing. We have over 100 seminars that will be going on over throughout the four day period. Lot of technical things but also seminars about traveling, about where to go, what to do with your RV, how to cook in your microwave. Different things like that,” said Uhlenbrock.

Gathering friends from all over the country for a weekend of RV fun.

Saturday is Minot Day. You can come and enjoy all FMCA has to offer for free at the North Dakota State Fair Center.

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