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Motor Coaches are Making their Way to Bowdoin

Story posted August 07, 2000

Brunswick will nearly double in population next week when a convention comes to town, and Bowdoin will be a major stop for visitors.

The Family Motor Coach Association begins arriving in town August 15 for their convention, which begins August 18. Arrivals begin three days prior to the event because of the logistical challenge of hosting such a convention.

About 6,000 motor coaches, most towing cars, will need to make their way through Brunswick to the Naval Air Station, which will serve as the convention grounds. The motor coaches will first stop in holding areas and be brought to the air station in groups by different routes.

The FMCA was founded in Maine in 1963, and the organizers wanted to return to Maine for the group's millennial convention. Though the organization started out with only 20 families, the number of people who now attend the conventions meant that very few spots in Maine were large enough to host the convention.

The Brunswick Naval Air Station was chosen as venue, and 15,000 to 20,000 members are expected to make their way to town to attend. Many families are expected to remain in Maine for additional vacationing once the convention is over.

The recreational vehicles serve as homes for many FMCA members, and the convention gives them a chance to purchase supplies, visit with other motor coach owners and, of course, sightsee.

Bowdoin is one of the stops on a shuttle that will transport conventioneers to spots around Brunswick. College employees will greet the visitors, provide campus maps and answer questions. Visitors are expected to visit the museums, the library, Smith Union and to take tours of campus. Most campus visits are expected to take place Tuesday, August 15 through Thursday, August 17.

While in Brunswick, conventioneers will take part in seminars, enjoy evening entertainment, and view exhibits. The exhibits are also open to the public.

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