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RV'ers Expected in Droves at Perry Rally

Category: RV News
Source: The Telegraph, Georgia
Publish Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Summary: Annual event expected to draaw more than 3,000 RVers to Georgia.

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By Wayne Crenshaw - wcrenshaw@macon.com

The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is hosting its second-largest event of the year this weekend.

The largest event, of course, is the Georgia National Fair in October. But as a distant second, The Rally will bring in an estimated 3,500 recreational vehicles and 8,000 people from around the country. It also will include an attempt to break a world record.

The annual event is being held in Perry for the first time since 2001. For organizers, it was an easy choice to bring it back this year.

"We've been there before and it was highly successful," said Sue Bray, vice president of Affinity Group, a holding company that owns several organizations sponsoring The Rally. "The best thing about Perry is that when we put on a rally, we need about 250 acres, and it's very difficult to find a site that has that kind of space."

The event runs from Friday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Events are planned for early birds today, but most of the participants are expected to arrive Friday.

A feature of The Rally each year is an attempt to break a world record of some sort. In The Rally's last visit to Perry, participants tried unsuccessfully to break the world record of simultaneous whoopee cushion sitting. This time around, the aim will be to break the record for most couples dancing at once, which is 451.

Those who want to participate, however, will have to buy a Rally pass for $69, which is good for all events during The Rally. The entertainment includes Frankie Valli, Ricky Scaggs, Michael Andrew Big Band, Jaimie Roberts and The Vogues.

The world record attempt will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Reaves Arena.

A $10 day pass is good for attending events during regular hours, including the 300 vendors expected to exhibit products. About 1,000 new motor homes will be on display, according to a news release from The Rally. Seminars also will be held, with topics to include healthy cooking on the road and RV trouble-shooting techniques.

The release estimates that attendees to The Rally will spend about $500,000 locally. Last year's Rally was held at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in central Oregon.

For more information visit www.therally.com.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 923-6199, extension 235.

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