Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Monday, August 06, 2018

Grand National Rally and beyond

17 to 27 July 2018
Every year Winnebago holds a rally for owners of their RV's in Forest City, Iowa.  You can park on the rally grounds starting the Monday before the rally and enjoy the Puckerbrush celebrations put on in Forest City, Iowa. There can be a bit of a wait to get onto the rally grounds as many attendees arrive on the first day of parking.

 I always enjoy the low key small town parade and other events that occur each year.  It is getting harder to find such events these days. Near the grounds is the a Heritage Park that preserves the local farming history and this year they had some exhibits of early 19th century farming equipment being operated. They also have an extensive collection of other transportation related equipment.

For us the best part of these rallies is seeing friends we have not seen in some time.  This time we ran across a couple we traveled with on a rally in 2010.  Sadly, I failed to get any pictures. There were around 950 coaches attending the rally this year.

We had a huge storm pass thru with threat of tornadoes and Winnebago recommended taking shelter in the bathhouse.  We did that and I had my first opportunity to spend time in the ladies room and managed to finish happy hour at the same time..

Another great thing about the rally is being at the plant that builds our coach.  As luck would have it, we found two water leaks while there and had them both repaired at the factory, along with some needed repairs to our electric step.  Waiting for the repairs can take some time and some people were able to zone out while waiting.

We enjoyed the entertainment and spending time sharing our mutual experiences.   


Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I have to attend one of those rallies one of these years. I've been to the factory twice but never during the rally.

Nickie Jim said...

Good old-fashioned fun! We've never been to the rally or the plant, either, but one of these days ... watch out, we may break out of the mold!

(You should've been in the men's room! :-) haha)

Erin Erkun said...

Still haven’t been to a rally ... maybe one of these years.

Sherry said...

I'd like to attend their National Rally. I just never seem to be able to. Been to the factory but not at rally time. Glad your stay in the bathroom kept the tornado away. Good thinking about cocktail hour. We've had to do the bathroom shelter thing twice, once in Arkansas and once in Oklahoma.