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Old 08-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #301
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Thank you guys for remembering me and our 1st FROG Rally.
Appreciate it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:50 AM   #302
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Once again, the fairgrounds buzzed with activity on Thursday.

Following another great breakfast, Forest River service techs scurried around making sure that everyone's service issues, and others that the owners might not have even identified, were addressed. For those without sewer sites, a pumpout service was enlisted to come in and pump out holding tanks, courtesy of Forest River as well.

In the meantime FROGs hopped around the area, again visiting local communities here in Amish country, frequented the vendor area, or visited the displays. A little more rain watered the fields and lawns of grateful residents, but did little to dampen the spirits of rally attendees.

A few more seminars provided more great information, including a late addition by Lippert to discuss frames, leveling systems, and much more. Some of the ladies who had purchased shirts and appliques from one of our vendors during the week gathered to learn how to apply the decorations in a hands-on class, and a dedicated group met to spend a few hours with knitting and crocheting needles flying.

Late in the afternoon, ladies from a local Amish bakery arrived to deliver items ordered at the bake sale. The aroma of fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, pies, and much more attested to the quality of those items.

Brian arrived from the FROG Shop a little later to deliver the new FROG gear that many had ordered during the week to commemorate the rally or simply to show off their FROG pride.

And then, much to our surprise, it was time to eat. Nelson's Bar-B-Q again shined with inch-thick pork chops, melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket, corn on the cob, fresh green beans, applesauce, salad, and drinks. Let no one tell you that the FROGs were left to starve at this event.

Much of the work of the rally behind us, it was time to play. We rocked the evening away to the sounds of the Party Boat Band, who entertained the group, with an array of Jimmy Buffett, Beatles, Elvis, and much more. Many folks who you would have thought would be more tired ended up hitting the dance floor, including Cindy and me. Of course, you can't have a great rally without great door prizes, and the selection last night was second to none. What a fun evening and a fitting end to a great week!

Sleep came easily and quickly, in the form of sitting down on the couch and dozing off, which explains why this post is late. This morning there will be smiles, hugs, waves, and hitting the road for our next adventures. Everyone will take along happy memories and new friendships.

But first, we'll eat.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:49 AM   #303
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I will defiantly be there next year. I've not done a rally yet, so looking forward to next year.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #304
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I will defiantly be there next year. I've not done a rally yet, so looking forward to next year.
X2, hopefully it will be in Goshen next year too so we can take the factory tours.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #305
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Good bye,au revoir, adieu, auf wiedersehen and all that kind of stuff to all those frogs who are leaving today. It has been great meeting all of you and being able to put some faces to some of the names we see on forest river forums. Bob and Cindy, Pete (the boss) and all the people from Forest River and their helpers....Thank You.....this has been the best rally ever.Can't wait to meet you again. Old Guys
P.S. Shirley....Carson still loves you...he just has some commitment issues from time to time......Mr. Bob, Nancy and all the 1st Branson crew... I hope we meet again soon. To every one here....Travel safe and happy camping.

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And so it ends. Quietly, just as it began.

On the heels of last night’s grand finale, there were FROGs stirring early this morning. Just as they had arrived, they began rolling out in a trickle at first. Some hit the road near dawn, most hoping to arrive home in one long day, or at least to get an early jump on the trip. A light farewell breakfast attracted more than a few. There were hugs, exchanges of addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails. Many said that it was the best they’d seen. Most said that they were certain to return. Almost all said that, based on the people they’d met; the upbeat, positive atmosphere; and service, professionalism, and courtesy they’d received, they would never buy an RV from anyone but Forest River in the future.

There were farewell hugs all around. Many paused again to say “thank you” as they were greeted in the dining room, or at the curb as they pulled out.

The trickle turned into a light flood as more and more FROGs moved out to head home, or on to their next adventure.

With some help from a few more volunteers, we got cleaned up, packed up, and closed up. There are only two trailers, a fifth wheel, and a pontoon boat left in the display now. The vendors are gone, and the stage is dismantled. Most of the golf carts have been picked up.

There are about twenty-five units left. Tonight, if the wind dies down a little, many of us will gather for a campfire. If not, we’ll just gather.

It’s been a very good week. We’re tired, but it’s a good tired.

Let’s do it again next year.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #307
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Iggy--we saw you immortalized in slideware at the evening events. Thanks for being the guy that is credited with getting the ball rolling. This year's event was a blast--and Cathy & I truly hope to meet you down the road!

Everyone--we accomplished the arduous 99-mile trip back home to Michigan this afternoon. So much fun to meet all of you, and I hope the new friendships made will endure.

Best to all,

Dick & Cathy
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:57 PM   #308
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Kudos to Bob and Cindy for their work in organizing this year’s rally. Bob really hit home runs with the entertainment he had lined up for the rally. You set a high standard for yourself for next year’s rally Bob. Cindy and Bob seemed to be everywhere during the rally and I’m not convinced that they didn’t clone themselves somehow and had three other Cindy and Bob’s running around. Thanks again for the hard work you two…or six.

Kudos to Forest River for the work they did on rigs at the rally. It’s obvious that Peter Liegl is committed to quality and customer service. I’m betting the rally dug deep into the corporate pockets and busted budget for this quarter.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #309
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Kudos to Bob and Cindy for their work in organizing this year’s rally. Bob really hit home runs with the entertainment he had lined up for the rally. You set a high standard for yourself for next year’s rally Bob. Cindy and Bob seemed to be everywhere during the rally and I’m not convinced that they didn’t clone themselves somehow and had three other Cindy and Bob’s running around. Thanks again for the hard work you two…or six.

Kudos to Forest River for the work they did on rigs at the rally. It’s obvious that Peter Liegl is committed to quality and customer service. I’m betting the rally dug deep into the corporate pockets and busted budget for this quarter.
I will echo Oakman's statement, Bob and Cindy as well as all of FR went way beyond what I am sure anyone expected to give us a rally that I am sure will go in the history books of setting a standard that no other RV manufacturer will ever be able to match. If Pete wanted a WOW event well Bob and Cindy for sure made that happen.

Thanks again firstly to Pete Liegl for the foresight to envision something like this and hire people like Bob and Cindy. And just as important, Bob and Cindy for putting it together and making it happen.

We have put next years rally at the very top of 2013's list and are looking forward to meeting more of the fine FR owners and Pete's staff.

Here's to all the fine people who helped make this a rally of WOW proportions.

We managed to get to our destination North of Toronto at abt 720 last night despite a 3 hr late start due to a certian individual (me) locking his keys in the truck thursday night. Toronto was real fun at 630 on a Friday night with everyone try to get out to cottage country.

Iggy,

You have no idea how big that one statement of yours has grown.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:51 AM   #310
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The Sasks,could you please count the number of V-Nose units at the Rally and post the number? Thank you. Youroo!!
Got to this a little late but here goes.

5 V-Lites no 2 the same
2 Windjammers
1 V-Cross
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