We wanted to post a couple of updates as we've been getting questions about the 2017 Spring Educational Rally in Sevierville, TN and whether the devastating fires in the area will have an effect.
Fortunately, the venue, River Plantation RV Resort, is unaffected and the event will go on as planned. Certainly, Gatlinburg and a significant amount of Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been affected, but many popular areas of the park are open and that is very good news. We just wanted to let you know that the Rally is definitely still on.
Unfortunately, the daughter of Sylvia, one of our friends at River Plantation, lost her home. Amy and her husband, Tyson, have two children and Sylvia has started a GoFundMe (Crain Family) to help them out.
There are already numerous relief efforts going on in the Smoky Mountain communities, and we will offer the opportunity to provide assistance at the Rally in May.
We will be in Sevierville for the Knoxville RV Super Show January 6 - 8, so we will be able to provide more first hand details about the effects of the fires then.
As for the Rally itself, we have about 156 people signed up as of today. We limit the attendance to around 170 - 175, and we will likely sell out before the end of the year. If you don't get registered before we fill up, we will have a waiting list, and we always have a few cancellations right before the event, so if you are flexible and can possibly attend at the last minute, there is a good chance you may still get in.
We don't have a 2017 Fall Rally scheduled, but we are looking into it. With the Spring Rally almost sold out and the interest we will have from the RV shows we will be attending in January and February, it looks like we'll have plenty of demand. We are in the beginning stages of researching locations, and we are leaning toward the Elkhart/Goshen/Shipshewana area of Indiana - the RV manufacturer capital of the world - but it will likely be a few weeks before we have anything definite. We'll let everyone know as soon as we make a final decision.
As always, thank you for your unbelievable support. :)