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Road rallies and RV rallies have been popular since the days of the wagon train. That's why we occasionally feature an out-of-state event so popular and worthwhile that we think it might do you good to get out and explore the roads and highways of the bigger Texas out there, uh, we mean bigger USA.

This years 30th Annual Edmond, Oregon RV Rally takes place in one of the most beautiful parts of the West. Texas needs to be well represented here, so make plans now to roll the Oregon Gap!

The Rally 2007, is set to take place July 19-22. Being billed as the premiere RV show of the year with an expected crowd of 10,000 visitors per day, it is guaranteed to have a little something for everyone.

In years past there have been many types of RV rallies catering to a particular make or model vehicle. This rally however invites all types of RVs and RVers to participate in the biggest RV rally in the nation with over 1,000 new model RVs on display. You can opt for an early bird permit and then receive a discount on Rally parking, but keep in mind spaces are limited - but worth it.

The setting is beyond picturesque! Redmond is located in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon. There are many optional tour packages offered throughout the event to explore this gorgeous region with new and old friends alike. From old west frontier ghost towns to the Mt. Hood Railroad, wander through local artisans stores, fantastic museums and even partake in the handcrafted ales of the Deschutes Brewery, a real treat after a long haul.

Central to the event are the many RV themed activities planned including over 30 seminars to inform you of the latest in RV Technology, care and lifestyle trends. On display will be hundreds of RV products to protect your investment or just add a little fun and spice to your RV adventures.  Visitors will be able to browse the new rigs and find some great deals on the floor.

But more than anything this rally is about fun and camaraderie and there is plenty of opportunity for it.  Every day is filled with first class entertainment, hilarious contests and even special events for kids and dogs (you know how RVers feel about their dogs).

Suzanne Somers, the remarkable and multitalented performer, entrepreneur and successful author, leads the Rally 2007 entertainment lineup on July 19. Two other superb performers, Gary Puckett ("This Girl is a Woman Now") and BJ Thomas ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") take to the stage on July 20 in a night of entertainment you don't want to miss. Topping off the star–studded entertainment schedule for the upcoming Rally are performances by contemporary swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on July 21 and "Ticket to Ride" — A Tribute to the Beatles on closing night, July 22.

The Dog show is fast becoming one of the most entertaining events of the rally. With categories like Best Doggie Swim Wear, Best Canine Kisser, Doggie Musical Chairs, Silliest Pet Trick, Best Howl, and The Double Vision Award ( the dog and animal that look most alike). In fact, there are some Rvers who travel the country just to participate in this contest. Even those of you who do not have dogs will get a few chuckles from this event.

The kids, grand kids and even teenagers have a great opportunity here to have fun make friends and explore the area with their peers. The Rally provides a free youth activity program for children (ages 6-12) and an extensive program for teenagers (ages 13-17) where they will meet other youths involved with RVing families. With a full schedule of activities, children and teens (ages 6-17) are occupied for nearly all Rally operation hours, so you are free to attend interesting seminars and peruse the exhibitor halls while your children or grandchildren enjoy social activities, have pizza parties, play games and just have fun.

Trips to local places of interest are always included in the youth activities. This year tours include Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Sun Mountain Fun Center (Sun Mountain Fun Center is for 10 through 17 year olds only). Programs on site include Mr. Magic, Penny’s Puppets, Home Depot building project, Fabulous Faces Face Painting and Silly Lilly of Just For Fun Entertainment. Teens will enjoy music by Star Productions at their Pizza Party.  So no moaning from the kids about there being nothing to do!

Just for the fun of it there will be an attempt to break a World Record at the rally. A very noble quest. Well, a hilarious one anyway. Join in on the " Largest Simultaneous Whoopee Cushion  Sit" in the world. This will definitely be a Kodak moment!

Best of all, the event is affordable with weekly rates available for just over $300 for  two adults (30 amp electric hook up) and passes to all events! Dry camping for two adults will run $149. For those not camping at all but just wanting to attend the rally's events it's just $69 for a pass to all activities. These prices are early bird prices so you'll want to be sure to register as quickly as possible. Also, the optional tours tend to sell out quickly for more information on registration and optional tours go to The Rally 2007.

See you in Redmond and we'll meet you at the Whoopee Cushion...let's make Texans the biggest group of sitters there!

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