“All Roads Lead to Kansas”
by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair
‘All Roads Lead to Kansas’ is the theme of the 59th FCRV Campvention hosted by the Heartland Region and chaired by Ivalee Vanderhoff and Gerald Pfirsch at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, KS July 7 – 12, 2019. Early Bird Days are July 5 & July 6.
Ivalee shared info on what our members can expect when we attend Campvention 2019 …
The camping fee of $300 covers Sunday through Friday night camping and all activities. The Early Biard Days will be Friday, July 5 & Saturday, July 6 at $25 per night. The registration confirmation will include suggestions for places to stay within 50 miles, 100 miles, or 150 miles.
Hookups: The first 211 registered campers WILL have a full hookup site with 20/30/50 amp electric, water and sewer. The rest will have water / electric. If a registered camper comes in with a non-registered camper and their number would exceed the number of sewer sites available, they will be separated for parking unless the registered camper chooses to stay with the non-registered one. Tent sites will be available under shade trees for those who want one. They have electric available and are close to the shower house.
If you arrive after the parking stops for the evening, the security staff will direct you to an area with electric to park for the night until parking comes to you in the morning. Camping will be hobo. The parking is on gravel, but there are paved roads throughout.
WiFi is available, but there is a fee.
McDonald’s is not far away.
All buildings are air-conditioned.
The Encampment Building will be the main Campvention building.
The Youth will have their own building with shelves for display and drying of artwork in the Talbott East Building. There is a small kitchen area and restrooms inside the building.
The Teens will be in the Morton Building which is close for walking but a little ways from the Encampment Building and the camping area.
The FCRV Band will be in Talbott West that has shelves for the instruments, a kitchen area, and restrooms. It is lockable and has A/C as do all the rest.
The Adult Activities Center plans to have hot coffee and donuts or rolls available to purchase early each morning so you don’t have to drive to the donut shop. Stop in and visit them. They will be in the Centennial Hall Meeting Room with a nice size room plus a kitchen area and restrooms just down the hall.
An activity is planned every evening. All evenings will start at the same time with announcements and awards prior to the entertainers taking the stage. The programs will be held in the Hansen Auditorium, a 749-seat theater with comfortable seats and a good view of the stage.
The traditional Campvention ending parade will be a regular parade outside on the grounds in 2019. There are many shade-tree areas for spectactors to take advantage of while watching the parade. “Also, you can visit with your neighbor,” says Ivalee. Parade entries from individuals, chapters, state/provinces, and groups are encouraged to participate.
Shopping on grounds? The committee plans on having a variety of vendors for your shopping enjoyment. The Hustons/Karen’s Embroidery & Badges plan to be on grounds to make your badges and provide FCRV merchandise. The FCRV Marketplace will be available for chapters and individuals to participate.
Over the next few months, the committee will be sharing plans for your stay at Campvention 2019 in Hutchinson, Kansas next July. Register soon!
Every July Family Campers & RVers gather at our week long annual Campvention. Since 1998 the site and hosting of the event has been rotated between the seven regions of the organization. During the week there are activities for all ages:
- Teen Sports & Dances
- Adults Games (horseshoes & washer toss)
- Youth Activities
- Commercial Area
- Evening Entertainment
- and Much More!
One highlight of the week is the Teen Queen Pageant that culminates with the crowning of Miss FCRV. Each state/province may enter a contestant in the pageant who is judged on talent, poise, beauty, and personality to represent our Family Campers & RVers.
Since our annual business meeting commences during Campvention, we also hold a Membership Meeting and an Executive Board Meeting in addition to Program Directors meeting with their respective program representatives in the states/provinces.