Winnebago will not host its annual Grand National Rally this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The company announced the cancellation Wednesday morning.
The 51st annual Winnebago Grand National Rally, originally scheduled for July 13-17, 2020, will not happen as planned in Forest City, Iowa. Prior to officially cancelling the rally this week, Winnebago had already postponed registration for the event in response to the health crisis.
“The health and safety of our owners, employees, vendors and exhibitors was the top priority in our decision-making process,” said Brian Hazelton, Vice President & General Manager Winnebago Motorhomes. “With the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to not hold the 2020 Grand National Rally. We look forward to hosting our dedicated owners again in July 2021.”
The Grand National Rally is an annual gathering of Winnebago Motorhome and Towable product owners on the company’s rally grounds in Forest City. According to Winnebago, the event is a “celebration of the RV lifestyle that draws approximately 1,000 units and their owners for a week of learning, fun, and camaraderie.”
The rally traditionally takes place on the company’s 87-acre campground next to the Winnebago motorhome manufacturing campus in Forest City.
Winnebago acknowledged that many guests attending the Grand National Rally typically schedule service work during that time period.
The Winnebago Factory Service Center will continue to accommodate guests at its facilities with extra safety precautions in place following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and federal governments.
Appointments are highly recommended and will take priority. Owners seeking service this summer are encouraged to first contact their local dealer and consider factory service as an alternate option. For service information, click here.