When you call the emergency number, 911, tell the dispatcher your location. If you do not have immediate access to a telephone, please send someone to the Information Center in McGill Marketplace. He or she may need to meet the emergency vehicle and lead it to the site of the emergency. To aid emergency personnel in locating the site of an emergency in a parking area, those needing help should turn on their motorhome or towing vehicle's emergency flashers and sound their horn.
In the event of an RV fire emergency, please evacuate by foot. Do not attempt to move your RV, because this may present a dangerous situation for fire equipment attempting to enter the area, as well as for others attempting to evacuate on foot.
The numbers that follow may be given to friends or relatives so you may be contacted while at FMCA's "Southern Charm" convention. You must, however, be sure to fill out a locator card and return it to the Information Center in McGill Marketplace so you can be found in case of an emergency. The family member Information Center and emergency phone number is 513-909-1433. The exhibitor information and emergency numbers is 513-909-1434 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., the Information Center emergency number is 513-909-1433.
Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
Area Rally Booth
Learn more about FMCA's area organizations and their events. Plan your travels to include one of the 10 area rallies. FMCA area vice presidents will be on hand to assist your planning with dates and locations. FMCA's Area Rally booth will be in the "FMCA Connections" area located in the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building (see program map).
CB&T Bank of Middle Georgia
916 Main Street
Perry, GA 31069
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday
Drive-up window hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
An outdoor ATM machine is available 24 hours.
Travel north on General Courtney Hodges Boulevard (U.S. 41). Turn right on Main Street. The bank is located on the left.
Attendees may withdraw cash using Discover, VISA, and MasterCard at ATM machines located at the clock tower.
Wes Park Family Dentistry
233 Wespark Dr.
Perry, GA 31069
Phone: (478) 987-7863
Thursday, March 15 -- 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 16, 17, 18 -- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Families --Hazardous conditions exist in the exhibit areas prior to opening of the show. Please do not enter the RV exhibit areas before 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel
203 General Courtney Hodges Blvd.
(Corner of General Courtney Hodges Blvd. and Larry Walker Parkway)
Phone: (478) 487-4661
All major credit cards are accepted.
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
1345 Sam Nunn Blvd.
Phone: (478) 987-9973
Monday - Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Go northwest on Larry Walker Parkway toward I-75. Turn right onto the ramp to Macon. Merge onto I-75 north. Take exit 136 for State Highway 7/U.S.-341 toward Fort Valley/Perry. Turn right at GA-7/Sam Nunn Boulevard/U.S.-341. Ace Hardware will be on the right.
Garbage will be picked up daily beginning on Wednesday, March 14; the last pickup will be on Monday, March 19. Please leave tied plastic bags at the "street" side of your RV no later than 8:00 a.m. Do not leave bags of garbage at your campsite upon leaving.
The running of generators in general parking areas is allowed between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Families who prefer "no generator" or "full generator" parking may inquire at the Information Center in McGill Marketplace beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13.
Golf Cart Rental
A limited number of golf carts will be available for rent through Salopek Golf Car & Equipment Company on a first-come, first-served basis. To order a golf cart in advance, contact Salopek at (937) 845-9301 to request an order form. The golf cart pick-up location will be at Sheep Barn 2.
Disabled members have been parked as close as possible to activity centers for easy access. Activity Cart transportation will be provided for members who have registered for the Disability parking areas. FMCA golf cart service will transport members parked in the Disability parking lots to and from their RVs and the activity centers.
1120 Morningside Drive
Perry, GA 31069
Phone: (478) 987-3600
Directions: Go north on General Courtney Hodges Boulevard (U.S. 41). Turn right on Main Street. Turn left on Morningside Drive. Perry Hospital is on the right.
The Information Center in McGill Marketplace will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 18. Personnel at the Information Center will be happy to answer questions regarding FMCA membership, ground facilities, etc. A message center and locator cards can be found in the Information Center.
The Perry Convention and Visitors Association will have representatives at the FMCA Information Center in McGill Marketplace Wednesday through Sunday to answer your questions regarding local sites, tours, directions, restaurants, and services in the area.
The locator card included in your confirmation packet is our only way of finding you should you need to be located for an emergency. Blank cards are available at the registration office at the Information Center in McGill Marketplace. Please be sure to fill out the locator card and, if possible, turn it in to a Welcome Crew member delivering your Welcome Bag. Locator card collection boxes will be available at the Information Center. Pet owners: fill out the back of the card with information about the pets that are traveling with you.
Lost And Found
"Found" items can be turned in at the FMCA Information Center in McGill Marketplace. FMCA endeavors to return any found items to the rightful owners. After the convention, a list of items not claimed will be printed in Family Motor Coaching magazine before the items are donated to charity.
The official address to have mail forwarded to the "Southern Charm" convention is:
Your Name and Member Number
c/o Family Motor Coach Association
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
If you plan to pick up your mail at the post office in Perry, the address for general delivery is:
1400 Macon Road
Perry, GA 31069
FMCA is not responsible for any misdirected mail or packages.
Beginning Thursday, March 15, mail will be delivered to the grounds, sorted, and will be available for pickup after 12:00 p.m. at the Information Center in McGill Marketplace. Outgoing mail may be deposited in the FMCA Information Center each day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Packages sent by FedEx or UPS should be directed to:
Georgia National Fairgrounds
Hale Receiving Area
(Member name and membership number)
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
Pets must be kept in the parking areas unless they are providing service assistance. Pets are not allowed in the activity centers – seminars, entertainment, morning coffee hour, etc. – or exhibit areas. Please clean up pet waste, prevent the pet from making excessive noise, and keep it on a leash when outside the RV. Also, complete the pet registry card located on the back of your locator card.
Perry Animal Hospital
633 General Courtney Hodges Blvd.
Perry, GA 31069
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Directions: Take Larry Walker Parkway southeast. Turn left on Martin Luther King Drive. Turn left on General Courtney Hodges Blvd. Perry Animal Hospital is located on the right.
1009 St. Patrick's Dr.
Perry, GA 31069
Phone: (478) 987-2323
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Directions: Travel north on I-75. Take exit 136. Turn right on Sam Nunn Boulevard and turn left at the first light.
The FMCA Service Center will be in the concourse of the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building on Thursday, March 17, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Service sign-ups after this time can be made at the individual company booths.
Several exhibiting firms will offer emergency RV service of various kinds. Emergency service is only provided for health and/or safety issues. Service is limited, and some exhibitors may direct you to firms outside the grounds. Exhibitors that are offering service request that you make an appointment with their service personnel at the FMCA Service Center or at their booth. A listing of exhibiting companies that will provide service will be posted here once available.
Approved service vehicles will have yellow or green credentials with "Service" designations. Any vehicles without credentials providing service in family parking areas should be reported to FMCA security. All sales transactions must be restricted to the Service Center area or a registered exhibitor's booth.
Showers are available at Sheep Barn 1, Sheep Barn 2, the Beef & Dairy Barn, and the Horse Barn, Tuesday through Sunday, 24 hours a day.
Attendees wishing to remain at Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter past 12:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, should visit www.gnfa.com/rv-reservations to register for a site. Attendees remaining on grounds an additional night may be asked to move to an alternate location. This extended stay will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All extended stay rates are $30 for a 30-amp site and $45 for a 50-amp site per night including sales and lodging tax. Payment should be made using a MasterCard or Visa only; limited spaces available. It is recommended that folks register for a site prior to arriving at the event.
Television & Radio Stations
Weather can affect the reception of digital TV stations. In cases where no TV stations can be received, please listen to a weather alert radio or local AM or FM stations. The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter recommends that family members tune to radio station WDEN, 99.1 FM; television station 13WMAZ; or through the Internet: www.macon.com for any weather related emergency information. The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter has an onsite weather alert system.
Weather and news broadcasts can be found on the following stations:
Digital TV Air Stations:
WPGA Channel 58 ABC, Macon, GA
WMAZ Channel 13 CBS, Macon, GA
WGXA Channel 24 FOX, Macon, GA
WMGT Channel 41 NBC, Macon, GA
AM Radio Stations:
WUFF (710 AM)
WMAC (940 AM)
WPGA (980 AM)
WRWR (1350 AM)
WDXQ (1440 AM)
WAYS (1500 AM)
FM radio stations:
WPWB (90.5 FM)
WMGB (95.1 FM)
WDEN (99.1 FM)
WNNG (99.9 FM)
WPGA (100.9 FM)
WRBV (101.7 FM)
WQXZ (103.9 FM)
WQBZ (106.3 FM)
Tram service will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, to transport volunteers to their orientation meetings. Trams will continue to run until approximately 5:00 p.m. in order to transport people back to their RVs. Trams will run on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Golf cart transportation to the disability parking lots will be provided for attendees are displaying a blue disability badge. FMCA Activity Cart Service will transport attendees parked in the Disability lots to and from their RVs. Disabled members who choose to park in the family parking lots may use the FMCA Activity Cart Service for travel inside the activity areas and to and from the tram stations only.
Activity Tram service will be available to all attendees within the main activity areas.
Attendee vehicle traffic is restricted to the family parking areas only. Family member vehicle traffic is not permitted in the exhibits/activity areas. Golf carts must have lights if operated after dusk and operation of golf carts is restricted on city streets. All motor vehicles, mopeds, motorbikes, and three-wheelers must be operated by licensed drivers only. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. Motorized personal transportation devices that are not stabilized by three or more wheels may not be used under any circumstances inside any hall or other indoor areas during any FMCA function.
Please be courteous when operating any motorized vehicles around the grounds. Attendees who operate vehicles in an unsafe manner will be asked to cease the use of these vehicles. Continued violations may result in removal from the grounds.
The speed limit for all vehicles is 5 mph while on the grounds. This speed limit will be strictly enforced.
Only authorized and licensed vehicles are permitted on the city streets of Perry.
Potable water is located near the permanent dump stations. A-OK Portables will also have fresh water available for $25 for up to 50 gallons. You may purchase a "water" sign for your coach from A-OK Portables at the FMCA Information Center in McGill Marketplace from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Place the sign on the outside of your coach window most visible from the street.
A siren will alert attendees to the possibility of severe weather in the Perry area. The strongest shelters on the grounds are the restroom facilities and in the buildings. The strongest building is Reaves Arena away from the glass doors. If severe weather occurs after activities end for the day, every effort will be made to unlock all the facilities. The city of Perry is located in Houston County. The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter recommends that family members tune to radio station WDEN, 99.1 FM; television station 13WMAZ; or through the Internet: www.macon.com for any weather-related emergency information.
In the unlikely event of severe weather, FMCA will make announcements on the public address system in the exhibit areas (if during show hours), send out alerts to families with valid e-mail addresses, and text messages to attendees who are signed up for EZ Texting text-messaging service. Local law enforcement agencies also will be dispatched to make announcements throughout the parking areas.
A limited number of wheelchairs will be available at no charge from the Information Center in McGill Marketplace. You will be required, however, to leave a deposit (credit card number), your name, and membership number. All wheelchairs must be returned to the FMCA Information Center no later than 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Your credit card account will be charged for the replacement cost of the wheelchair if it is not returned.
Information provided pertaining to local businesses and service providers should be considered as a service to the attendees and should not be construed as an endorsement or a recommendation of the products or services described.
The Confirmation Guide includes information needed to get to Perry and be parked. Please read and follow the instructions included in this guide. The Confirmation Guide will be included in your Confirmation Packet along with your parking credentials and badges. The packet will be mailed to all registered attendees beginning as early as January 25, 2018. For those who are having their Confirmation Packet held at Will Call, a pdf version of the guide will be available here for download once available.
EZ Texting Service
FMCA utilizes a text-message service called EZ Texting that we encourage all attendees to use. EZ Texting allows attendees to receive text messages from FMCA regarding severe weather, special events, program additions, and event updates. To sign up for the service, text the convention-specific keyword "perry18" to 313131 for U.S. residents, or 393939 for Canadian residents (Message and data rates apply. To unsubscribe from the list reply “STOP” to 313131 or 393939, respectively.)
At the Perry event, for the first time ever, attendees will be able to find whatever information they may need about the convention using our FMCA Conventions mobile app. More information about how to download and use the app will be available closer to the convention.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a FMCA International Convention and RV Expo?
It’s four days of everything RVing! Imagine one place where you can meet new friends, renew acquaintances, look through new RVs, shop for items to make your traveling experience more enjoyable, learn more about your RV and the travel lifestyle, and be entertained.
Why should I attend?
FMCA conventions draw folks for a variety of reasons.
Some come for the fellowship. Friends who travel together or who plan opportunities to meet down the road find FMCA International Conventions a great place to gather.
Others are interested in finding that next RV to purchase. Many major manufacturers and dealers bring their best and newest products to display. It's the best place to compare brands and shop for that next home on wheels.
Conventions also provide attendees with an opportunity to have service performed on their RV. Knowledgeable technicians discuss problems with owners at the conveniently located FMCA Service Center or at their display. Repairs are arranged on-site or at an off-site repair facility.
Supplier and component exhibits offer one-stop shopping. Everything a RV owner needs and much more can be found in the exhibit buildings.
Learning is a major component of any convention, and FMCA’s seminar program is second to none. Featuring technical seminars, educational seminars, make-and-take craft classes, and fun, fitness, and health sessions. If you’re serious about discovering more about the RV lifestyle, this is the place to be.
FMCA showcases entertainment appropriate for all ages, both throughout the day and in the evening.
Explore the locale with a professional tour company guiding the way. Many tours provide a unique opportunity not offered to individuals visiting on their own – and you get to enjoy the tour with your RV friends.
Getting to or leaving the convention site provides opportunities to explore parts of the country you may not otherwise see.
FMCA conventions are unique. There’s nowhere else that you can find so much “RVing” going on in one place. Come experience it for yourself!
LEARN MORE IN PERRY – RV Basics is a two-and-a-half-day workshop to help owners get acquainted (or reacquainted) with an RV’s operation and systems. Taught by industry experts, this class is designed to build confidence so you can relax and enjoy your RV without worry.
How do I register?
Online at www.FMCA.com.
By Mail -- Print and fill out the registration form located here [link] or complete the form that’s in Family Motor Coaching magazine.
Fax the completed registration form to (800) 543-4717 or (513) 474-2332.
Phone (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622 and ask for the Events Department.
Are there advantages to registering early?
Yes! You receive a savings of $30 when you register by 11:59 p.m., January 18, 2018.
Will there be on-site registration?
Yes. For those who have not pre-registered, there will be a registration desk in the Information Center beginning Monday, March 12, 2018.
Are children and grandchildren welcome?
Absolutely! Although there will not be a dedicated Youth Program at this event due to school being in session, there will be things for kids to do on grounds and in the Central Georgia area.
Can I bring friends who aren’t members?
Absolutely! If they already own an RV, they can register for a Full Registration, which entitles them to a free one-year membership with FMCA (if eligible).
Passports are available if your friends choose not to camp on the grounds but still would like to visit the exhibits, go to seminars, participate in social events, and enjoy entertainment. You can purchase a Full Event Passport (pre-registration available) or a Daily Passport (pay at the public gate).
A Day Pass entitles the guest to visit the coach display and exhibits only and is available for $10 per day per person/$25 for a family of three or more.
Is my pet welcome?
Yes. Pets must be kept on a leash in the family parking areas unless they are providing service assistance. Pets are not permitted in the exhibit halls or seminar rooms. Please be considerate of others and clean up after your pets. We ask pet owners to complete the pet registry located on the back of the locator card.
When will I receive my confirmation packet?
Confirmation packets will be mailed as early as January 25, 2018. Your parking credentials must be mailed to you or held at will call for you to pick up.
What happens if I have to cancel?
You will receive a refund if your request is received in writing by March 15, 2018. Your confirmation packet, including credentials for parking and badges, must be returned before a refund will be processed. All cancellations are subject to a $20 handling fee.
Are the exhibits open to the public?
They sure are! FMCA members AND guests who choose not to camp on the grounds are welcome to attend
There are two public ticket options:
Daily Public Gate fee of $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more (available onsite only) give attendees access to the coach displays and indoor exhibits.
Passports [link to registration page] give you access to all exhibits, seminars, and entertainment. Perfect for people who choose not to camp on grounds but want to experience all of the fun and entertainment. Passports are available for one day ($50 per person paid at the public gate) or for the full event ($175 per couple; $155 for individual).
Public parking will be available at the Georgia National Fairgrounds via the North Gate off of Golden Isles Parkway. The public gate ticket booth will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What is Will Call?
If you would prefer that your credentials not be mailed, either because you’re traveling or won’t be able to pick up mail, you can have them held at Will Call for pickup when you arrive. You will be provided instructions via e-mail about where to pick up your credentials as the convention nears.
What is the Holding Area?
This is where attendees meet friends so they can park together, and where those who arrive prior to assigned parking days can wait for their assigned time to enter the grounds.
Where will everyone be parked?
All parking will be at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. The parking lots are asphalt and grass.
Will electric service be available?
Both 30-amp and 50-amp electric service is available for an additional cost. If you desire to have electric service, do so when you register. An additional 10-gauge electric cord may be necessary if your RV cord does not reach the provided 30-amp or 50-amp receptacle. FMCA also encourages members to have surge protectors on power cords leading to the electrical panel. Electric service for all family members ends at 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 19.
What is a Welcome Bag (aka Goody Bag)?
The Welcome Bag contains your program, daily schedule of events and map, and the “Today” newsletter, among other items. Welcome Bags will be distributed in the parking lots in exchange for your locator card. Locator cards also can be exchanged for a Welcome Bag at the FMCA Office, and beginning on Monday, March 11, in the Information Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Welcome Bag is also known as a Goody Bag.
How is the weather?
Beautiful! Be sure to pack your sunglasses, but don’t forget your umbrella! It's usually very pleasant in March in middle Georgia with mostly sunny days, but it is the start of spring, so don’t be surprised by rain. Expect daytime temperatures in the low 70s, with nighttime temperatures dropping into the mid-40s.
When Can I Arrive?
In your confirmation packet you will receive an arrival date card that indicates what day you should arrive. Because of the number of RVs that will be parked prior to the beginning of the convention, it’s necessary for us to split up the arrival dates. Most attendees will be parked Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14. We do ask some volunteer groups to arrive earlier. If you are unsure of your arrival date, call FMCA’s Events Department at (800) 543-3622. Also, if you cannot make it on the date indicated on your arrival card, let us know and we can make the necessary changes.