Winnebago Industries, Inc. will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club with club members at the Grand National Rally (GNR) scheduled July 19–July 24, 2009.
“While the economy is certainly challenging, WIT members aren’t changing their lifestyle,” said WIT General Manager Doug Formanek. “To date, 1,175 coaches are registered, and we anticipate a total of 1,225 for our week-long event. That’s down only 20 percent from last year’s milestone event that celebrated Winnebago Industries 50th anniversary. Regardless of economic factors, our owners love the RV lifestyle and our attendance numbers reflect just that.” Held at the rally grounds across from Winnebago Industries’ headquarters in Forest City, the 40th Anniversary GNR promises to be an active week, filled with informative seminars, great entertainment and, most important, fun.
“Since the first WIT GNR and Woodstock were both held in 1969, we felt is was appropriate to celebrate with the theme of “WITStock” for WIT’s 40th Anniversary GNR,” Formanek said. “More than 2,800 people are expected to attend the event.” Although the rally officially doesn’t begin until July 19, WIT members typically start arriving as early as two to three weeks early for pre-rally events and to participate in Forest City’s Puckerbrush Days activities.
“It’s not too late to register,” Formanek added. “WIT members that are interested can call 1-800-643-4892, ext. 1, or visit WIT
Club online and click on the “Special GNR Edition” tab for details about the event and registration information.” The WIT Club is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago Industries motorhome and current membership totals more than 14,000 members. WIT members are eligible for special member benefits, gather often with WIT local, state, regional and special interest clubs, and travel on a variety of WIT Club managed special events called caravans and rallies.