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Old 09-12-2018, 04:29 PM   #1
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Your rally goods and bads?

We are thinking about hosting a 3 day rally next year. I am talking to Bob Byrne about it but I'm looking for feedback from those who attend. Tell me about the best parts of rallies you've attended or things you would like to see or things that did not make it a fun event. (Note: We will not be providing free booze for attendees!)
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:35 PM   #2
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Have been to 5 small really and 2 International rallys. Locals, location and things to do in the area. A good restaurant that can handle a group. A camp ground that can put a group close by to everyone or to a pavilion to use by the group big enough do a pot luck meal and meet and greet gatherings. This is a start.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:09 AM   #3
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Also check this thread for tips. Later RJD
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:47 AM   #4
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Here are some things to consider. Location, make sure you pick a place that has some things to see and do. Pick out a camp ground that can handle around 40 campers as this is a good size to handle. (this is our size of rally)Make sure the camp ground has a big enough pavilion to hold about 120. Also consider if they have a club house to use in case of inclement weather. If your thinking of family's with children make sure the camp ground has a play ground. Also extra plus if they have a swimming pool. We prefer to have our Saturday night Frog dinner catered. Also you can do the Frog dinner at a restaurant if you choose but make sure they can handle the number of folks you will have for the rally. Also consider doing pot luck dinners or breakfast (or Both as we do)



Also try to get the kids involved with the rally also. Games prizes or arts and crafts. Just a few things we have done to make it entertaining and fun and has worked well. You can PM me and I can further assist you with any questions you may have. Later RJD
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Best rally’s we have been too were FR International Rally #3 & 4. We can no longer attend, we have SOB. Worst was FMCA 2016 summer rally in West Springfield, Mass.

Attitude of people attending was great at FR rally’s. Not so much with FMCA.
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:57 AM   #6
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We are thinking about hosting a 3 day rally next year. I am talking to Bob Byrne about it but I'm looking for feedback from those who attend. Tell me about the best parts of rallies you've attended or things you would like to see or things that did not make it a fun event. (Note: We will not be providing free booze for attendees!)
Where are you planning this rally ???
We have never been to a rally !!!
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We are thinking about hosting a 3 day rally next year. I am talking to Bob Byrne about it but I'm looking for feedback from those who attend. Tell me about the best parts of rallies you've attended or things you would like to see or things that did not make it a fun event. (Note: We will not be providing free booze for attendees!)
Start planning at least two years in advance unless the campground is in a remote area. Some campgrounds are already full next year for the summer and other months. Esp. for a large group.
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Don't over plan the rally with non-stop-all-day events...

This will chase people away!

While evening potlucks and gatherings are good, rally attendees like to intermingle and socialize...and make new friends and travel buddies!

Not sit around in a banquet hall playing stupid games and listening to boring speeches such that half the crowd don't want to participate in.

I attended a large 5-day rally back in June that had 130 RV's and the intinerary was so long that most of the attendees skipped the planned events and had their own meetings and parties at their rigs.

Over half of the attendees left stating that they won't attend the next one in two years unless something is done to downsize the itinerary.

The whole key to a successful rally is to

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We are meeting with owners at KOA Coloma St. Joe this week to see if it will work.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:39 AM   #11
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Our experience with KOA,,, small sites and costly ???
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Our experience with KOA,,, small sites and costly ???
The thing I like about KOA's is that you can always count on a good level site with clean power and decently placed hookups.

Yes, they are pricey, but I've never had a bad encounter at a KOA.

Here is me at the KOA in Richfield, UT, Grand Junction, CO, Ft. Collins, CO, Buena Vista, CO, Wellington, CO (got more, but these were handy):
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We like State Parks !!!
I know KOA's are handy,,, If you ever get a chance try the one near Milton WI !!!
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I generally only hit KOA's when I'm traveling (best place for a one night stop) or when a rally is being held there.

I like state parks, but haven't been to one since I got the 5'ver three years ago.

Now that I live in Arizona I'm going to check several state parks out down here this winter!

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If the KOAs are into rallys they may have a special rate. Later RJD
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I've been to three rallies at KOA's...all have had special rates for the rally goers.
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Resorts in off seasons can also price you good... and usually have plenty of gathering space & activity areas being a resort. Looking forward to FL FROG the end of this month
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KOAs are kinda like McDonalds. You usually know what to expect. We absolutely would get a discount and we have checked out the quality and layout already. Thanks for all your input.
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We have hosted 2 so far and agree on not planning a ton of events. However, do your research of the area and contact those business and see if they will offer a discount if FROG is mentioned. This way the individuals can go do their own things and still be part or group.

We had nightly happy hour (or 3) at our site and FR sponsored breakfast one day and pot luck another night.

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KOAs have a lot of things we do not look for,,, we are happy with Ele & a Dump Station !!!
They are pretty handy when traveling,,, many very close to the HWY,,, some to close !!!
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