61st International Campvention

July 11-16, 2021
Walworth County Fairgrounds 411 E. Court St. Elkhorn, WI 53121
Gates will be open from 8am- 8pm, Fri-Sun.

The Wander Wisconsin team is hard at work planning a great Campvention week from July 11 – 16, 2021 with departure on Saturday, July 17. The 61st annual Campvention is at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn WI. Team members are putting articles about their area in Camping Today to help you plan your Campvention week. Watch Camping Today each month for an update on events at Campvention. The fee for Campvention is set at $335 for the week (6 nights of camping plus all the events planned for Campvention). If you register before December 31, 2020 you will receive a $30 discount and pay only $305. All contracts have a Covid-19 clause in them allowing for full refunds should we need to cancel due to the pandemic. Therefore, if Campvention is canceled due to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee. The Ribfest begins on Thursday at 3:00 PM and goes until Sunday. We are able to enjoy the first two days of Ribfest as part of Campvention fees. Ribfest includes 10 different ribbers and a wide variety of live music. We can extend our stay by notifying the fairgrounds and paying the fairground fees for the extra days. The amount for the extra days will be included next month.

Campvention Registration Forms

2021 Campvention Registration Forms are now available.

  • Parade Registration
  • Teen Queen Registration
  • Teen King/Escort Registration
  • Hospitality Request Form
  • Table Registration Form
  • Seminar Presentation Form
  • Program Add Form

2021 Campvention Program Schedule.

07-11-2021
8:00 AM 5:00 PM Executive Board Meeting CNTRY-ST ADULT
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Aluminum Can Tab Drop Off BARN-A ALL
10:00 AM 2:00 PM Central Registration BARN-A INFO
2:00 PM 4:00 PM Aluminum Can Tab Drop Off BARN-A ALL
4:00 PM 5:30 PM Opening Ceremony Flag Practice ACTV INFO
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Choir Practice ACTV Choir
5:30 PM 6:00 PM Church Service ACTV ALL
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Announcements ACTV INFO
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Opening Ceremonies ACTV ENTERTAIN
8:00 PM 9:30 PM Hospitality – Wander Wisconsin Team 4HP HOSPITALITY
9:00 PM 10:00 PM Teen Registration and Meeting WW TEEN
9:00 PM 11:30 PM Teens – Throwback 90’s Party WW TEEN
9:30 PM 11:30 PM Campfire GROUNDS ALL
9:30 PM 10:00 PM Murder Play Rehearsal ACTV INFO
07-12-2021
7:30 AM 8:00 AM Devotions 4HP ALL
8:00 AM 9:30 AM Band Practice TBD INFO
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Ladder Golf GROUNDS ADULT
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Aluminum Tab Drop Off BARN-A INFO
9:00 AM 10:00 AM C.A.M.P. GROUNDS ALL
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Commercial Opens to Handicapped JR EX SALES
9:00 AM 9:00 PM Locator Board ACTV ALL
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Memory Service – CNTRY-ST ALL
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Seminar – Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems WW SEMINAR
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Youth Registration BARN-B YOUTH
9:30 AM 5:00 PM Commercial Opens to All JR EX SALES
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Family Fun Day Set Up 4HP TEEN
10:00 AM 11:00 AM First Timers Meeting WW 1st TIMER
11:00 AM 2:00 PM Family Fun Day  and Teen Softball 4HP ALL
11:00 AM 2:00 PM Golf Carts for Campers (pre-reservation required) GROUNDS INFO
2:00 PM 4:00 PM Aluminum Tab Drop Off BARN-A INFO
2:00 PM 3:30 PM Bingo  $.25/game CNTRY-ST ADULT – ADULT
2:00 PM 3:00 PM Parade Planning Meeting – BYO-Chair BARN-B MEETING
2:30 PM 5:00 PM Pageant Rehearsal ACTV TEEN
3:30 PM 4:30 PM Gerald Pfirsch Invitation Only Hospitality 4HP HOSPITALITY
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Seminar – Learn to Dance Hustle (Single-Step Swing) CNTRY-ST SEMINAR
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Band Practice TBD INFO
5:30 PM 7:00 PM Mystery Dinner Theater ACTV ALL
8:00 PM 9:30 PM Hospitality – Miss FCRV 4HP HOSPITALITY
8:00 PM 9:00 PM Teens – Marshmallow Fun WW TEEN
9:00 PM 11:30 PM Teens – Dance WW TEEN
9:30 PM 11:30 PM Campfire GROUNDS ALL
9:30 PM 11:30 PM Campfire GROUNDS ALL
07-13-2021
7:30 AM 8:00 AM Devotions 4HP ALL
8:00 AM 9:30 AM Euchre CNTRY-ST ADULT
8:00 AM 1:00 PM Pageant Rehearsal ACTV TEEN
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Aluminum Tab Drop Off BARN-A ALL
9:00 AM 10:00 AM C.A.M.P. GROUNDS ALL
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Commercial Opens to Handicapped JR EX SALES
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Parade Participants Meeting BARN-B MEETING
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Seminar – SkyMed Travel Insurance WW SEMINAR
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Youth Craft BARN-B YOUTH
9:30 AM 5:00 PM Commercial Opens to All JR EX SALES
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Adult Crafts – Faux Leather Books WW CRAFT
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Horseshoes GROUNDS ADULT
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Wildlife/Conservation Judging BARN-A ALL
11:00 AM 1:00 PM Hospitality – Michigan 4HP HOSPITALITY
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Teen Director’s Meeting WW MEETING
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Youth – Activity BARN-B YOUTH
2:00 PM 4:00 PM Aluminum Tab Drop Off BARN-A ALL
2:00 PM 2:30 PM Scholarship Meeting WW MEETING
2:00 PM 3:30 PM Seminar – Ray Suennen Cast Iron Cooking 4HP SEMINAR
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Wildlife Meeting WW MEETING
3:00 PM 4:30 PM Line Dancing  CNTRY-ST ADULT
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Band Practice TBD INFO
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Teens – Pong WW TEEN
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Announcements ACTV ALL
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Evening Program ACTV ENTERTAIN
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Youth – Movie CNTRY-ST YOUTH
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Hospitality – Trustees 4HP HOSPITALITY
8:00 PM 10:30 PM Teens – Movie (TBD)  courtesy of Florida WW TEEN
9:00 PM 11:30 PM Teen – Dance WW TEEN
07-14-2021
7:30 AM 8:00 AM Devotions 4HP ALL
8:00 AM 9:30 AM Band Practice TBD INFO
8:00 AM 10:00 AM Teen Pageant Interviews ACTV TEEN
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Marketplace Set Up JR EX SALES
8:30 AM 10:30 AM Washer Toss BARN-A ADULT
9:00 AM 10:00 AM C.A.M.P. GROUNDS ALL
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Commercial Opens to Handicapped JR EX SALES
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Marketplace Open for Handicapped JR EX SALES
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Provincial and State Program Directors meet with National Program Director CNTRY-ST MEETING
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Seminar – Meat – Raising, Processing & Products WW SEMINAR
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Youth – Craft BARN-B YOUTH
9:30 AM 5:00 PM Commercial Opens to All JR EX SALES
9:30 AM 12:00 PM Marketplace  Open for All JR EX SALES
10:30 AM 12:00 PM Pet Parade 4HP PARADE
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Seminar – High School Tour High School SEMINAR
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Teen – Bean Bag Baseball GROUNDS TEEN
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Marketplace Clean Up JR EX INFO
12:00 PM 1:00 AM Teen Ball Clean Up WW TEEN
12:30 PM 2:00 PM Decorate for Teen Ball WW TEEN
2:00 PM 8:00 PM CLOSED – DUE TO DECORATIONS WW ALL
2:00 PM 6:00 PM Pageant ACTV ALL
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Band Practice TBD INFO
6:00 PM 7:00 PM FCRV Band Concert ACTV ALL
7:30 PM 8:00 PM Evening Program ACTV ENTERTAIN
8:00 PM 12:00 PM Teen Ball WW TEEN
9:30 PM Campfire GROUNDS ALL
07-15-2021
7:30 AM 8:00 AM Devotions 4HP ALL
8:00 AM 8:00 PM Float Building BARN-B ALL
9:00 AM 10:00 AM C.A.M.P. GROUNDS ALL
9:00 AM 10:30 AM Line Dancing CNTRY-ST ADULT
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Seminar – Guided Tour of Elkhorn Elkhorn Library SEMINAR
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Teen Volley Ball GROUNDS TEEN
9:00 AM 11:00 AM Youth – Summer Olympics (relay races) BARN-B YOUTH
9:30 AM 10:30 AM No Hat Brunch Set Up 4HP ADULT
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Seminar – New Member Incentives WW SEMINAR
10:30 AM 12:00 PM No Hat Brunch 4HP ADULT
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Wisconsin Trivia CNTRY-ST ADULT
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Clean Up No Hat Brunch 4HP INFO
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Youth – Hot Dog Lunch BARN-B YOUTH
1:00  PM 3:00 PM Annual Meeting ACTV MEETING
1:00 PM 4:00 PM Teen Off Site Activity TBD TEEN
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Youth – Water Play 4HP YOUTH
3:00 PM 5:00 PM Adult Crafts  – Bracelet and Star Ornament ACTV CRAFT
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Field Staff/Chapter Officers Meeting with VP Ops WW MEETING
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Logo Game CNTRY-ST ADULT
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Seminar – Travel-Along Program/Reunion WW SEMINAR
5:00 PM 8:00 PM Teen – Scavenger Hunt WW
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Announcements ACTV ALL
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Evening Program ACTV ENTERTAIN
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Hospitality – Region 1 Campvention Team 4HP HOSPITALITY
8:00 PM 11:30 PM Teens – Dance WW TEEN
9:30 PM 11:30 PM Campfire GROUNDS ALL
07-16-2021
7:30 AM 8:00 AM Devotions 4HP ALL
9:00 AM 10:00 AM C.A.M.P. GROUNDS ALL
9:00 AM 10:00 AM First Timers Follow Up Meeting WW 1ST TIMER
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Parade Float Judging BARN-B INFO
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Parade – Theme is “Wander Wisconsin” GROUNDS PARADE
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Pick Up Wildlife/Conservation Entries BARN-A INFO
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Giant Jenga 4HP ADULT
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Golf Cart Returns for ALL GROUNDS INFO
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Seminar – Seasoning, Cleaning & Salvaging Cast Iron Cookware 4HP SEMINAR
2:30 PM 4:00 PM Seminar – Civil War Show & Tell WW SEMINAR
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Closing Ceremony Practice ACTV INFO
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Teen – Slip & Slide CrazyBall 4HP TEEN
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Announcements ACTV ALL
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Closing  Ceremonies ACTV ALL
8:00 PM 11:30 PM Teens – Farewell Dance & Reception WW TEEN
9:30 PM 11:30 PM Campfire GROUNDS ALL

Campvention 2021 [June Update]

By, Shari Weber, Wander Wisconsin Chairperson

The Wander Wisconsin Team has decided campvention is a go. We may need to cut back on some expenses, but we are planning to have fun and provide fellowship. It appears our Canadian friends and camping family will not be able to come. However, if we are lucky enough to have the boarder open all Canadian members will be welcomed at campvention even if not pre-registered.

Wisconsin vaccines as of May 17 th are at 46% of population is fully vaccinated with 42%
receiving one dose. Wisconsin is 12 th in the nation in getting vaccines into arms. A check of the CDC website shows the U.S. at 60% for at least one dose of the vaccine. This puts us in good shape to have a fun and safe campvention.

Karen’s Embroidery will be at campvention to provide badges and other FCRV logo items for direct purchase. Karen & Dale are creating a pin commemorating Wander Wisconsin. Those will be available for purchase in the commercial area at campvention.

The team wants to acknowledge Marshall Creations, the source for the campvention worker shirts for the gift of baseball caps to each team member with the campvention logo. They are much appreciated. If you see the shirt or cap and would like one they are available on Marshall Creations website. During June and July use Camp25 (case sensitive) to receive a 25% discount. The website is accessible from fcrv.org home page, scroll to the bottom. Health issues prevent Marshall Creations from attending campvention.

If you have not yet registered for campvention, please feel free to do so. There is still time. The June 1 st deadline was to be parked with your state/province. You will still be parked near to all your FCRV family and may be next to someone you haven’t gotten to know yet. This will give you an opportunity to become more acquainted. The grounds are very condensed with nothing further than a few minutes of slow walking. You can even come to campvention without pre- registering, there will be a spot for you!

See you in Elkhorn Wisconsin very soon!


“WANDER WISCONSIN” MARKETPLACE

Final words of advice—assuming many of you have delayed registering for Marketplace craft sales until the last moment to make sure Campvention 2021 will take place. It is going to happen, because it has never happened in Wisconsin before. You will find Elkhorn and surrounding area is a great town to visit.
Now is NOT the time to wait any longer to register as the deadline is June 15, 2021. If you
individually, or your Chapter have craft projects or other interesting items to sell, this is your opportunity. Don’t let it slip by.
The day for Marketplace sales will be Thursday July 15 in the A.M. Setup starts at 8:30. Sale for ‘handicap’ campers begins at 9:30, with everyone else at 10:00 A.M. until 12:00. The exact location on the campground will be listed in your program book. The registration form is printed in Camping Today, so follow the instructions and register now, again REGISTER NOW!! Any questions? Our contact info is listed on the form.
Hope to see you “WANDERING TO WISCONSIN” in July.
Duane & Ruth Keegan, Chairpersons, Craft & Project sales

WELCOME FIRST TIMERS

To our 61st Campvention, located at Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Dates are July 11-16, 2021, but you are welcomed to early days, July 9, 10 (there is a fee for each early day, payable at registration). Are you ready for some fun, seminars, and activities? Delbert Powell and I, Donna, along with Matt and Marla Mantia will be there to welcome you and your families. We are having a get-acquainted meeting on Monday, July 12th from 10-11am in the Seminar building. We want to welcome you and have some of our trustees there to meet and greet, answer questions. We will try to provide information for around the campvention as well as around Elkhorn, too. Campvention is what we each make it. Most seminars and activities
are scheduled for different times, different days; so come, enjoy, have fun! Oh, by the way, there will be a BBQ festival on Thursday and Friday at the Fairgrounds (more details once we all get there); sure sounds like so much fun for a week! Have you ever been to a Murder Mystery Play? Well, you have a chance to go to one! We are ready to welcome all First Timers! Let's have a fun week, meeting new people but leaving as family and friends! On Friday, July 16th, we are having another meeting 9-10am, for your feedback from your week at Campvention! SEE ALL AT ‘WANDER WISCONSIN’ CAMPVENTION, ELKHORN, WISCONSIN!!
We will be at registration when you come to Campvention; so please stop by and meet us. We want to meet you! Donna Powell, Chairperson.

TEEN CENTER INFO

by Marci McIntosh & Geoff Stringer
Greetings from the Michigan State Teen Directors and your Teen Center hosts for the 2021
Campvention "Wander Wisconsin!
We’re excited to share with you our plans for activities that are (tentatively) scheduled for the teen center:
  • Sunday:  9pm-Midnight – Throwback 90’s Party and Welcome from Michigan Teen Directors Find yourself some flannels and Airwalks, your butterfly hair clips and animal print, flared jeans and chain wallets and come dance to the throwback 90's hip/hop, r&b and alternative.
  • Monday: 7 pm-8-pm: Marshmallow Gun Activity – Bring yourself all supplies are supplied – Double-digits and Youth welcome to participate
  • Monday: After Murder Mystery-Midnight – Teen Dance/Marshmallow Wars
  • Tuesday: 3pm-4pm – Teen Pong Playoff – Bring yourself and win prizes!
  • Tuesday: 8pm-10:30pm – Movie Night Hosted by Florida – Movie TBD
  • Wednesday: 11:00-12:30 – Bean Bag Baseball – Bring yourself and a competitive spirit
  • Wednesday:  8:00-10:30 – Royalty Ball – Bring dress clothes!
  • Thursday: 2pm-8pm – The Great Teen Scavenger Hunt! Team up with a Youth/Double-Digit and win prizes for finding all of the items on your scavenger list first.
  • Thursday: 8 pm-Midnight – Teen Dance
  • Friday: (Afternoon-ish) Slip and Slide CrazyBall – Wear something you can get dirty and wet!
  • Friday: 8pm-Midnight – Goodbye Dance and Reception – “Bring give-aways” to represent your state to exchange with the other teens and say goodbye
Short list of supplies for Teens to bring:
1. 90s clothes
2. Dress clothes for the Royalty Ball
3. Clothes to get dirty
4. State “give-aways” to trade with other teens
Don’t forget to start tagging your social media with #FCRVTeens2021
We look forward to seeing you in Wisconsin!

CAMPVENTION 2021 ADULT AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES     

by Brian Fuller and Marybeth Huyge, Chairpersons

The Adult and Family Activities Committee has a number of fun activities planned for the week at Elkhorn. Note the name change from “Adult Activities” to “Adult and Family Activities.” Many of this year’s activities are open to and designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

For those who like to move and groove, there will be two Country Line Dancing sessions (Tues., Thurs.) and a Hustle (Single-Step Swing) session (Mon.). For those who prefer more sedentary activities, there will be Bingo (Mon.), a Euchre tournament (Tues.), Wisconsin Trivia (Thurs.), Logo Game (Thurs.), and Giant Jenga (Fri.).

On Wednesday morning, there will be Family Games. Not to be confused with Monday’s Family Fun Day, Family Games are a series of easy and fun games of skill, similar to carnival midway games, that all ages can play. For example, trying to land a thrown object inside a circle, or trying to get a ringer with a thrown hoop. You can come at any time during the activity; it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete all of the games. We’ve been playing Family Games at Michigan campouts for years, and it’s always a highlight.


ADULT GAMES         

By Kathy Collier & Rhonda O’Neal, chairpersons

We will be hosting adult games consisting of horseshoes, washer toss and ladder golf.   Due to COVID, participants may want to wear gloves and/or bring their own horseshoes, washers and golf ball bolo, but they must meet regulations for fairness. Facemasks will at least be recommended if not required depending on FCRV and/or local, state and federal guidelines/requirements. To participate in these games, one must be 18+. Each game will have ladies, men and doubles consisting of any two people 18+.  If you don’t have a double, we can match you up at the games. You do not need to be a state or province winner, nor a “pro”. Please sign up at central registration on Saturday or Sunday. If you are not on site yet, sign up the day of by showing up, but please be on time. Have a great Campvention!


SPECTACULAR STATES/PROVINCES

by Dave and Linda Hennie, Door Prize Chairmen

We know there are many spectacular features about your state, so why not brag a little about your state’s products and specialties by donating a State Basket as a door prize at this year’s Campvention, Wander Wisconsin.   You could combine donations from all areas of your state to create a State Basket with goodies and items from your state.    Don’t overlook your sports teams and arenas for donations.    Have fun in creating your Spectacular State Basket.   You can contact us at Rpalace1170@aol.com to let us know if your state will donate a basket.     


RED HAT / HARD HAT / NO HAT  

by Ivalee Vanderhoff

The planning team wanted something different – SO – Bring your Red Hat, Bring your Hard Hat, or don’t wear a Hat!!!  We will have a different gathering for a brunch for all together.  Some surprises so come and see.  Make your plans for Thursday morning gathering with lots of visiting and meeting folks from all over.  See you in July.


CAMPVENTION PARADE DONE

By Rhonda O’Neal

We are doing a parade around the premises this year and we are opening it up to those who own golf carts if they would like to participate.  The parade theme is “Wander Wisconsin”.  Get those registration forms in!


From your Parking, Security, Ground Transportation and First Aid Team.

DO NOT use the entrance off of County Rd 11/Court St onto Burlington.
If you need to fill up your propane you can do it at Kunes County RV and Truck Center 9 Deere Rd, Elkhorn

To make things run smoothly please come into the Walworth Fair Ground using the Rotary Way entrance off of S. Market St. Gates open at 7:00 am on the 10th. There is a staging area across from the building to disconnect your tow vehicle, if you have one. Continue on Rotary Way the gate to check in. Someone will escort you to your campsite.  If you need to use the dump station upon arrival it is located just past the check in gate. You will be provided with information about the honey wagon at registration. Please do not hesitate to ask your parking guide for any direction that may need. We are here to help make this an easy process. After you get parked and settled in don’t forget to head over to registration. Registration opens at 9:00 am. 

Campvention 2021 [May Update]

By, Shari Weber, Wander Wisconsin Chairperson

The Wander Wisconsin Team is still optimistic that we will be able to hold campvention this year. The team is meeting at the grounds the end of April to finalize plans. We just hope the Canadian border will open! Be sure to check the articles in this issue about the various things available to you at campvention.

Please know that our favorite way of traveling is considered by all travelers to be the safest method of travel. RVs are the ultimate in social distancing and camping is an outdoor activity and offers easy social distancing. We enjoy being outside which the CDC has recommended as a safe environment. While fuel prices rose in February and March, they appear to be declining again. Fresh air, campfires, and friendship. That is exactly what we will find in Elkhorn.

I am pleased to announce that “4 Men and a Can” otherwise known as Carl Fromholzer, Joe Wittmeyer, Chuck Carlsen, and Dave Swanson will be making sure the opportunity to recycle cans and bottles is available during campvention. We must request that you make sure that only cans and bottles go into the recycling cans. It only takes one piece of trash to cause and entire can of recycling material to be relegated to landfill. You help in keep trash and recycling separated is appreciated. They are also collecting can tabs for the Milwaukee Ronald McDonald House.

For the first time we ae trying something new. Our event is scheduled along with an annual event held at the fairgrounds. It is the Elkhorn Ribfest 2021. It starts on Thursday of our campvention and continues through Sunday. Lots of music and many ribbers cooking ribs will be available to enjoy. This is an opportunity for us, but it is separate from our campvention. The sounds and smells of ribfest may make it to our campground, but ribfest attendees will not enter our area. Larry Gaffey, Manager of the Fairgrounds is giving each of us a a pit pass while attending the fest Thursday and Friday. This pit pass gets you preferred seating in the main tent and assistance in ordering food to reduce wait time in line. The pit passes are given to the entertainers and us only. Your campvention fee covers Thursday and Friday for ribfest. If you wish to stay Saturday and Sunday to enjoy more ribfest, you will need to contact the grounds (262) 581-1351 to indicate you plan to stay. The camping fee is $70 for Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the music and ribs there are Carnival rides and Artisan Vendors. To get more information about the ribfest go to www.wisconsinribfest.com .

See you in Elkhorn Wisconsin in July!

Campvention 2021 [April Update]

By Shari Weber, Wander Wisconsin Chairperson

The Wander Wisconsin Team is optimistic that wewill be able to hold campvention this year. Vaccines have been getting into arms. Many of the team and our members are or soon will be fully vaccinated. We will still practice social distancing, wear masks indoors or when close outdoors, and cleaning protocols. We just hope the Canadian border will open! Be sure to check the articles in this issue about the various things available to you at campvention.

Camping is considered by all travelers to be the safest method of traveling. RVs are the ultimate in social distancing when traveling. We enjoy being outdoors which the CDC has recommended as a safe environment.  Fresh air, campfires, and friendship. That is exactly what we will find in Elkhorn.

For the first time we are trying something new. Our event is scheduled along with an annual event held at the fairgrounds. It is the Elkhorn Ribfest 2021. It starts on Thursday of our campvention and continues through Sunday. Lots of music and many ribbers cooking ribs will be available to enjoy. This is an opportunity for us, but it is separate from our campvention. The sounds and smells of ribfest may make it to our campground, but ribfest attendees will not enter our area. Larry Gaffey, Manager of the Fairgrounds is giving us a private tent to use while attending the fest. We do have to bring our own chairs, but the tent will provide us shade.

Your campvention fee covers Thursday and Friday for ribfest. If you wish to stay Saturday and Sun-Camping Today 5 April 2021 day to enjoy more ribfest, you will need to contact the grounds (262) 581-1351 to indicate you plan to stay.

The camping fee is $70 for Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the music and ribs there are Carnival rides and Artisan Vendors. To get more information about the ribfest go to www.wisconsinribfest.com .

See you in Elkhorn Wisconsin in July!

WANDER WISCONSON

by Shari Weber, Wander Wisconsin Chairperson

The Wander Wisconsin team has provided a lot of information about our upcoming campvention for this issue of “Camping Today”. Please be sure to look at those articles. You will find new things planned, and some things being planned a little differently. It is looking promising that we should be able to hold campvention. The next thing to hope for is opening of the Canadian/US boarder for non-essential travel (although I think coming to campvention is essential! ) We continue to watch the vaccine rollout in both countries.
One of the new things for campvention this year is a Mystery Play feature FCRV members. This will be Thursday afternoon and will include an ice cream treat. This is for everyone at campvention and is being planned as a different time and way to enjoy entertainment. The Great Lakes Region is taking the lead on this. If you have an interest in performing in the play, please contact Connie Black 217.885.1347 or Linda English 248.797.5030.

One of the things we do at campvention is give back to the community we are in by donating to the community food pantry. I am looking for someone to head up this effort in Elkhorn. The communities are always very appreciative of our efforts.

The discounted registration deadline has passed. Thank you to everyone who has already registered. Planning is much easier when we know in advance who is coming. The next deadline is to register in time to be parked with your state or province at campvention. The team decided to park hobo by state/province for those registering before June 1st (May 15th for Canadians). We are all looking forward to seeing our camping family soon. We continue to plan for it in Elkhorn Wisconsin in July!

Campvention 2021 Updates

by Shari Weber, Chairperson

The Wander Wisconsin team has provided a lot of information about our upcoming campvention for this issue of “Camping Today”. Please be sure to look at those articles. You will find to new things planned, and some things being planned a little differently. It is looking promising that we should be able to hold campvention. The next thing to hope for is opening of the Canadian/US boarder for non-essential travel (although I think coming to campvention is essential! ) We continue to watch the vaccine rollout in both countries. The discounted registration deadline has passed. Thank you to everyone who has already registered. Planning is much easier when we know in advance who is coming. The next deadline is to register in time to be parked with your state or province at campvention. The team decided to park hobo by state/province for those registering before June 1st (May 15th for Canadians). We are all looking forward to seeing our camping family soon. Let’s hope it will be in Elkhorn Wisconsin in July! CAMPVENTION 2021 PARKING INFO The 2021 FCRV Campvention plans are under way. The campvention is being held in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Watch for your registration in Camping Today. This year’s parking for the campvention will be hobo-by-state. If you would like to camp with your state/province, your registration must be post marked no later than June 1st. Canadian registration must be postmarked by May 15, 2021. Hope to see everyone in July.

Campvention 2021 and Covid 19

Friend, I am writing this article on behalf of the 2021 Campvention Planning Teams under the Leadership of Past President Shari Weber. For more than a year now your planning teams have been working hard putting the pieces together for Campvention 2021, Wander Wisconsin. We have been having regular meetings andin October of 2020 some committee members paid a site visit to Elkhorn. At our most recent team meeting (via Zoom) on November 7, the subject of our response to the pandemic was raised. The teams will meet again in January 2021 for further discussion but in the interim, here is the message we wish to convey to you.

1: While we all hope the pandemic will be defeated or under control by July 2021, nobody really knows. On November 9 th , an encouraging announcement by Pfizer about their vaccine with a 90% effectiveness provides us with some note of optimism.

2: Should it become apparent that it is not safe to proceed with Campvention 2021, a timely decision by the teams and Trustees will be made and communicated to our membership. Full registration refunds, excluding any credit card fees, will be given to members who have registered.

3: If Campvention 2021 does go ahead, all recommended, or dictated health protocols such as wearing masks, using hand sanitizers, cleaning down between events, possibly wearing gloves, and if need be, socially distancing will be followed. The Elkhorn Fair Grounds is just as concerned as we are about keeping our members safe and healthy. As we go forward and we gain better knowledge we will advise the steps that we will be taking.

4: Please register. If you have other than your immediate family planning to stay in your unit, please also provide their normal contact information.

5: Watch for further announcements in Camping Today as we go forward.

6: Be smart, stay safe, stay well.

Jack Smye

Change in golf cart policy

In the past the Campvention Team has sub-rented golf carts for use during Campvention. Starting with 2021 Campvention, FCRV will no longer be the middle person for golf cart rentals. Members wishing to rent a golf cart may contact the company and make their own arrangements. FCRV will identify the company along with contact information. The information will be placed in Camping Today beginning six months before Campvention. If you wish, you may have your golf cart delivered to the grounds the same time the carts that FCRV requests are to be delivered. Any issues you have with the cart, YOU will deal with the golf cart rental company yourself.

All golf carts whether rented or privately owned will follow the FCRV Campvention Guidelines for Golf Carts. Please take some time and review the guidelines listed in the Guidelines for Golf Carts at Campvention.

Another article in this issue of Camping Today contains information about how to rent a golf cart for Campvention and the guidelines for all golf carts on Campvention grounds. This will be repeated in Camping Today up until the deadline set by the golf cart company.

CAMPVENTION 2021 SEMINARS

by Ray Suennen, Seminars Chair

If you or you know of someone who would like to be a seminar presenter during the 2021 FCRV Campvention in Elkhorn, Wisconsin from July 12 – 16, 2021, please contact Ray Suennen atraysuennen@yahoo.com or mobile phone 920-606-0289.Ray will be presenting one seminar on cast iron cooking and another on seasoning and salvaging cast iron cookware, and discussing vintage cast iron cookware.  Bring your cast iron pans for cleaning ideas and for show and tell.

Campvention 2021 Parking Info

The 2021 FCRV Campvention plans are under way. The campvention is being held in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Watch for your registration in Camping Today. This year’s parking for the campvention will be hobo-by-state. If you would like to camp with your state/province, your registration must be post marked no later than June 1st. Canadian registration must be postmarked by May 15, 2021. Hope to see everyone in July.