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FMCA Wants You In Wyoming



Come mid-July, the deer and antelope that call Wyoming home will share the range with thousands of RVs thundering toward Gillette for FMCA’s 98th International Convention and RV Expo, set for July 18 through 21. This will be FMCA’s second roundup at the fantastic CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities; the association celebrated its 50-year anniversary at the venue in 2013. 

“CAM-PLEX is truly a ‘made-for-FMCA’ facility,” said Doug Uhlenbrock, Director of Events. “It has everything we need to put on a successful convention: plenty of RV parking sites; terrific buildings for seminars, exhibits, and entertainment; an incredible grounds staff; and a welcoming town that bends over backwards to make sure everyone feels at home.”

The “Wanted In Wyoming” convention has all the makings of a bang-up time for cowpokes who circle their wagons in this northeastern Cowboy State settlement. On Tuesday, July 17, even before the jamboree kicks off, attendees will get to try their luck at card bingo in the Wyoming Center and aspiring superstars can show off their vocal skills during karaoke at the FMCA Town Center.

The show officially begins on Wednesday, July 18, with morning seminars, followed by the opening of the indoor exhibits and RV displays at 1:00 p.m.

Starting Thursday, July 19, and continuing through Saturday, July 21, early risers can grab a cup of joe and a doughnut (or two) at the FMCA Town Center while enjoying some fancy music provided by FMCA’s band of vagabond musicians, the Frustrated Maestros. It’s also a great time to meet new people and get the day started with a smile as big as the Wyoming sky.

Once coffee hour wraps up, a good number of attendees will hit the seminar circuit to learn more about the RVing lifestyle, the mechanics of their RVs, fun things to do when traveling, and much more. With 100-plus sessions scheduled, plenty of educational opportunities will be available, covering just about any RVing interest.


While some folks hit the learning trail, others will saunter over to the RV displays to inspect hundreds of shiny new wagons outfitted with the latest features. Take a tour, look under the hood, or test drive one of the demo coaches on site. Could be you’re looking at your next RV.

Still other attendees will sidle over to Central Pavilion to visit with the good folks manning booths at this modern-day trading post. If there’s something you need for your RV or to satisfy your wandering lifestyle, chances are you’ll find it inside the exhibit hall.

Around high noon each day, folks can grab some vittles and a sarsaparilla, kick back, and enjoy a variety of entertainment at the FMCA Town Center. The break also gives attendees time to head back to the RV to walk the dog, drop off their purchases, or hobnob with the RVers hitched next door.

When the sun begins to sink into the western sky, the stars will come out inside Wyoming Center as four great acts take the main stage. On Wednesday night, Thomas Michael Riley will perform his unique brand of Texas country music. On Thursday, you won’t believe your eyes (and ears) as New Odyssey (three men, 30 instruments) makes more music than a trio should be allowed. Friday, step back in time as Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, known as Nelson in the biz, perform a tribute to their dad with “Ricky Nelson Remembered.” On Saturday, keep your dancing shoes handy as The Flashback Boyz rock the hall with favorites from the 1950s, ’60s, and more.

Other activities that will catch the fancy of attendees are the Ladies’ Luncheon on Thursday; the Ice Cream Social on Friday; and the Super-Size Book Club on Saturday with Craig Johnson, best-selling author of the popular Walt Longmire mystery series. There’s also sure to be some surprises along the way just to keep folks on their toes.

If you’re looking for an ace-high RVing experience this summer, Gillette, Wyoming, is the place. There’s still time to sign up, but you better get your wiggle on. To register for the “Wanted In Wyoming” convention, visit FMCA.com or call (800) 543-3622. If you can’t make the full event and want to stop by for a day, $10 day passes will be available at the gate.


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