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Old 03-22-2022, 06:38 AM   #1
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2022 Goshen International Rally

Is there any information on the rally this year? We really enjoyed last year's and are excited to plan for it again.
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Old 03-22-2022, 09:25 AM   #2
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2022 FROG International Rally
Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds
Goshen, IN
August 14-20, 2022
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Old 04-24-2022, 11:42 AM   #3
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Save some time on Wednesday, the 27th of April.

Barring a computer or other problem the 2022 International Rally in Goshen, FROG Bob should open the web site for registration.

GO HERE for information and link to the shopping cart: https://forestriverfrog.com/Events.aspx?EventID=222

Be SURE to select RV with 1 attendee (or 2 attendees)
YOU MUST PICK ONE OF THESE OR YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED.

Any additional attendees (above 2) is a separate line entry.
It should be clear when you see the shopping cart.

If you plan on arriving early (not before 11 August, the Thursday prior to the rally) be sure to click on the early arrival day in the shopping cart.

This will get you parked without an audience (most likely) so arriving Thursday or Friday prior to the rally is encouraged if you can. Saturday is also a very busy day.

You can NOT just show up and pay the fairgrounds anymore.
DO NOT CALL THE FAIRGROUNDS FOR EARLY ARRIVAL!
You MUST go to the website and pre-pay THERE.

When you register, have your camper information (including the VIN) BEFORE your try to sign up. You can sign up without the VIN, but you must email Bob the VIN when you get it.

YOU MUST ATTEND IN A FOREST RIVER CAMPER PRODUCT. You would think that was intuitive, but it needs to be said for a reason

BE SURE to select any tours you want at the time you register. You CAN go back later and sign up for a tour, IF THERE ARE ANY LEFT. Go to the web site now (https://files.constantcontact.com/52...39c36bc0f4.pdf) and check out the available tours BEFORE registration opens.

Spots and tours FILL UP FAST. Looking at 700 Rigs this year!

If you have time to arrive early for training and would like to volunteer to help, be sure to volunteer for parking, registration, or just "as needed" to do some of the many jobs done by the volunteers to make the rally a success.

Also, if you need to be located close to the action due to a handicap (mobility or something else) be SURE to clearly state what you need. Note: MOST handicap spots are not full hookup, but they are very close to (or on) a hard surface road or path to the dining facility, band stand, RV displays, and classrooms.

If you want to park near or with friends, you BOTH (all, if more than 2 units or club) must indicate you want to do so; that way we know you are all on board with parking together.

Also, you MUST meet up away from the fairgrounds and arrive TOGETHER so you can park together. There will not be any "holding a spot" for your friends. Parking is mostly "hobo style" meaning one right after the other as they arrive in that parking area. If you do not arrive together, you won't be parking together. There is ZERO room at the Fairgrounds to wait for a buddy. Find a mall or Wal-Mart close by and group up there.

NOTE: If you are a lottery winner and get drawn for a full hookup spot, and your buddy does not, your friendship will be tested.
You will need to choose between a sewer site and parking with your friend.

TIP: IF there are no remaining tickets for RV with 2 attendees, TRY RV with 1 attendee. If there is an RV plus 1 available, select that and then add an extra person on the "extra person" line. The total cost will be the same.

Note on Full Hookup Sites: Are not guaranteed for:

Handicap (mobility), Non-Volunteer attendees, Paid Early Arrivals (Thu, Fri, Sat), Unauthorized early arrivals (Just drive up or Unpaid in advance - may be turned away!), How much you paid for your Camper, You are a friend of the CEO, or any other reason you might come up with.

NOTE: This is a FAIRGROUNDS! ALL sites are back in. (Early Arrivals may have the ability to pull through an empty spot - another plus for arriving Thursday or Friday)

The Fairgrounds has a mix of 50 and 30 amp pedestals.
You may have a 50 amp camper and be placed in a 30 amp only location. You may have a 30 amp camper and be placed in a 50 amp only spot.

YOU SHOULD BRING AN ADAPTER BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT BE MOVED.
Wal-Mart and Menards are close and have a few adapters on hand.
WORD OF ADVICE - BRING YOUR OWN (700 rigs remember!)

Stay patient with parkers, many are first time volunteers and still learning the ropes. Do not ask them to park your rig. They will help you back in by hand signal. The driver side corner of your camper needs to be placed closest to the power boxes in order for everyone to have the correct fairground spacing.

Do NOT extend your awning until everyone is parked. This is especially important if your SLIDE has an awning. Fairground spots are not wide enough to fully deploy a slide out awning. Do not extend your awning and leave your camper. Do not park your truck in the spot next to you and leave. Your truck may be towed away and never seen again (just kidding maybe)

Temper tantrums will get you nowhere, except possibly booted with no refund (can't believe I had to say that either).

Good luck and LETS RALLY!
See you there, Herk
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FROG Bob has asked me to head up the parking team for the rally again this year, with Herk working with me (and providing a tremendous amount of help) as he has done for many years.

A few notes about volunteers in general, and parking and registration volunteers in particular. Volunteers are vitally important to the success of a rally this size. 700 anticipated units means feeding somewhere between 1,350 and 1,500 people breakfast each morning and dinner on four of the evenings. The "FROG Office", located in the vendor area, needs to be staffed every day to provide information and assistance to rally attendees. The golf cart shuttle system around the fairgrounds requires a lot of drivers to keep it operating smoothly. There are dozens of opportunities to volunteer at the rally, and we hope you will consider doing so.

Two of the most important (in my opinion) volunteer opportunities are the Parking and Registration teams. Getting 700 units into the fairgrounds and getting them safely parked requires around 100 individuals. There are three shifts of "parkers" each day, with each shift being 3 to 4 hours. Parkers are expected to work the same shift each day for four (4) days - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Mama FROG (Cindy) does all of the scheduling for registration, but typically she has two shifts per day, with registration open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Typically, Cindy needs about 30 volunteers for registration.

If you volunteer and are selected for either parking or registration, you will be expected to arrive at the fairgrounds on Monday, August 8. There will be training on Tuesday and Wednesday, and parking will commence on Thursday. (NOTE: ONLY those on the parking or registration teams can come in before Thursday.) FROG will pay for the six nights of early parking (Monday through Saturday) for parking and registration team members, and if you have paid for early arrival (and you should, since you don't know at this point whether you have been selected for parking/registration teams) your early parking fee will be refunded.

A few final notes:

* When choosing parking and registration team members, we try to get two people from the same unit as volunteers. That only makes sense since that means we pay for fewer units to park for the extra week.

* We need almost 3 X as many people on parking as we do on registration, so if you want a better chance of being invited to arrive early, you should both volunteer for parking OR registration.

* Remember that parking is mostly out in the field(s). We provide shade and water, but it is outside work. There is ample opportunity to sit down during your shift, but there will be times that you have a lot of units arrive one right after another, and it can get busy at times, requiring you to be on your feet.

* Some of the parking jobs involve driving "escort carts", but there aren't enough of those jobs that everybody can be assigned as an escort driver, so don't count on getting one. If you have a physical or mobility issue that does not permit you to work as a parker in the field, PM me through this forum and I'll TRY to accommodate you...but I can't guarantee that I'll be able to do so.

* We reserve the right to move people from one job or area to another within the parking team to provide the SAFEST and MOST EFFICIENT service for our guests.

* Each year I try to select a mixture of experienced and new team members so that we are always training new folks for future rallies. if this is your first rally (or you have never been on the parking team before) we invite you to sign up if interested. We will make you feel welcome. This is not an EXCLUSIVE club, but it is an IMPORTANT one.

And now, as Bob says..."Let's Get Ready To Rally!"
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More info here: https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...nds-88352.html

Post any International Rally questions you might have here. Mike, Bob, I, or the many FROGs who have attended before will try to answer them.

I mentioned electrical adapters before, but I should also add that power, hose and sewer extensions might also come in handy at some (not most) sites. You could bet that you won't need them, but I have seen the result of delayed air conditioning on a family of FROGs while dad has to run to Menards to try and find power adapters or an extension cord.
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Old 04-27-2022, 07:33 AM   #6
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Late Arrival

Due to a previous commitment we can’t arrive until late afternoon on Sunday. Is that a problem? Thanks
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Due to a previous commitment we can’t arrive until late afternoon on Sunday. Is that a problem? Thanks
No, Sunday arrival for the rally is not a problem. The rally "officially" starts with dinner on Sunday, August 14, and there will be quite a few Sunday arrivals.

And while Sunday arrival is too late to volunteer for the parking and registration teams, there will still be plenty of other volunteer opportunities throughout rally week that you could get in on. When you check in at the fairgrounds and pick up your badges and registration material, there will be information available about where and when help is needed.

Two big areas are driving the golf cart "taxis" during the rally and helping to staff the FROG office (booth) in the vendor building. Both are great ways to meet and make new friends, especially if this is your first rally.
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FROG International Rally 2022 registration opens today, in JUST UNDER 3 HOURS
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FROG International Rally 2022 registration opens today, in JUST UNDER 3 HOURS
I'm excitingly nervous, and I'm not even attending...but I know how much fun my friends have at these.
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wish all the folks luck getting in good thing Ive opened a spot for ya as I will not be attending this year Later RJD
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If those attending the rally don’t have a good time…….you don’t know how to.
You might just meet your new best friends there.

In fact, if you do it right…..you’ll need a vacation afterwards just to relax after the non-stop fun.

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WE'RE IN.. REGISTRATION NUMBER 218!

WOOT WOOT!

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We are in #266, so stoked!
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WE'RE IN.. REGISTRATION NUMBER 218!
218? Man, you're fast.

I kept refreshing the browser until registration opened, filled out the form as fast as I could, and still got 234. I was done at 12:06 PM. I wonder if the 0 - 200 are reserved for volunteers or something.

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FROG Bob has asked me to head up the parking team for the rally again this year, with Herk working with me (and providing a tremendous amount of help) as he has done for many years.

A few notes about volunteers in general, and parking and registration volunteers in particular. Volunteers are vitally important to the success of a rally this size. 700 anticipated units means feeding somewhere between 1,350 and 1,500 people breakfast each morning and dinner on four of the evenings. The "FROG Office", located in the vendor area, needs to be staffed every day to provide information and assistance to rally attendees. The golf cart shuttle system around the fairgrounds requires a lot of drivers to keep it operating smoothly. There are dozens of opportunities to volunteer at the rally, and we hope you will consider doing so.

Two of the most important (in my opinion) volunteer opportunities are the Parking and Registration teams. Getting 700 units into the fairgrounds and getting them safely parked requires around 100 individuals. There are three shifts of "parkers" each day, with each shift being 3 to 4 hours. Parkers are expected to work the same shift each day for four (4) days - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Mama FROG (Cindy) does all of the scheduling for registration, but typically she has two shifts per day, with registration open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Typically, Cindy needs about 30 volunteers for registration.

If you volunteer and are selected for either parking or registration, you will be expected to arrive at the fairgrounds on Monday, August 8. There will be training on Tuesday and Wednesday, and parking will commence on Thursday. (NOTE: ONLY those on the parking or registration teams can come in before Thursday.) FROG will pay for the six nights of early parking (Monday through Saturday) for parking and registration team members, and if you have paid for early arrival (and you should, since you don't know at this point whether you have been selected for parking/registration teams) your early parking fee will be refunded.

A few final notes:

* When choosing parking and registration team members, we try to get two people from the same unit as volunteers. That only makes sense since that means we pay for fewer units to park for the extra week.

* We need almost 3 X as many people on parking as we do on registration, so if you want a better chance of being invited to arrive early, you should both volunteer for parking OR registration.

* Remember that parking is mostly out in the field(s). We provide shade and water, but it is outside work. There is ample opportunity to sit down during your shift, but there will be times that you have a lot of units arrive one right after another, and it can get busy at times, requiring you to be on your feet.

* Some of the parking jobs involve driving "escort carts", but there aren't enough of those jobs that everybody can be assigned as an escort driver, so don't count on getting one. If you have a physical or mobility issue that does not permit you to work as a parker in the field, PM me through this forum and I'll TRY to accommodate you...but I can't guarantee that I'll be able to do so.

* We reserve the right to move people from one job or area to another within the parking team to provide the SAFEST and MOST EFFICIENT service for our guests.

* Each year I try to select a mixture of experienced and new team members so that we are always training new folks for future rallies. if this is your first rally (or you have never been on the parking team before) we invite you to sign up if interested. We will make you feel welcome. This is not an EXCLUSIVE club, but it is an IMPORTANT one.

And now, as Bob says..."Let's Get Ready To Rally!"
My husband and I have been on the parking team for a few years. Mike is great to work with. I worked the front gate last year and loved it. You get to meet everyone!!!!
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218? Man, you're fast.

I kept refreshing the browser until registration opened, filled out the form as fast as I could, and still got 234. I was done at 12:06 PM. I wonder if the 0 - 200 are reserved for volunteers or something.

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We are in! #331
EPIC!

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If those attending the rally don’t have a good time…….you don’t know how to.

You might just meet your new best friends there.



In fact, if you do it right…..you’ll need a vacation afterwards just to relax after the non-stop fun.



Enjoy!


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