>> 161 Registrations Strong!
Friday, September 30 to Thursday, October 6
Richland County Fairgrounds | Mansfield, Ohio
161 Registrations with over 145 motorhomes assembled at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, Ohio, to have some fun, enjoy fellowship, and eat our way through the local cuisine. With 32 first-time attendees, our membership shared the knowledge of the vintage GMC motorhomes and made many new friends as we gathered in the wonderful facilities for the week. There were many seminars that were detailed, informative, and FUN!
The convention in Mansfield brought us together for the usual sessions, and some new experiences. Technical sessions covered a range of subjects. Hands-on activities included windshield replacement, weighing the coaches, headlight aligning and adjusting the GMC’s steering column. There were also non-technical sessions that gave us a chance to discover hearing problems, how to use a smartphone, crafts and games, exercise, “bookworms” (list of recommended reads at gmcmi.com/community-book-list) how to make our lives easier in a motorhome, learning about our 40 year old GMCs and just getting to know each other to name a few.
This convention also featured the Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery Dinner. We all enjoyed the
informal play with the unique characters of Roxie, Lily, the Sheriff, and the boss (Al Capone) directed
by Jane Hasek. The audience had an opportunity to help solve the murder, and were surprised to find out the identity of the perpetrator.
There was also a “Ms. GMC Party” Ladies Social hosted by the ladies of the GMC Great Lakers, celebrating this site of the Miss Ohio pageant. Another popular activity of this convention was food, lots of food! The morning breakfasts had fruit, donuts, bagels, freshly made waffles, and gourmet coffee from Alex. However, we had specials such as omelets-to-order and tasty sausage. There were luncheons of pasta with homemade sauces, and a chili cookoff followed by a full chili luncheon. Two catered meals were provided by local caterers that highlighted favorites (including Amish made pies) of this area that were expertly prepared and served.
Many helping hands made setup and cleanup an efficient and satisfying activity. Although the week started with some rain, the weather cleared enough to allow a sparkling afternoon for Open House on Sunday. Owners invited members and local residents to see their GMCs. What a great time! After 40 years, most of the motorhomes have been modified or updated, and the amount of creativity is incredible. But some of the originals are a treat to see, with the colors of the ’70s and the challenge of shag carpet!