Mike Middaugh, a Family Motor Coach Association member, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, was 16 years old in 1965 when he attended a rally of the Midwest Coachmen.
Middaugh noted that at that 1965 Midwest Coachmen rally, perhaps 10 of the 30 coaches were commercially produced motorhomes, and the rest were home-converted vehicles that included “bread trucks, school buses, milk trucks, transit buses.
“You don’t have people working on them all weekend so they’ll make the trip home,” he said. “I look around here and don’t see anybody with a toolbox out. Which is good.”
This weekend he’ll attend another, as the Michigan Knights of the Highway and the Midwest Coachmen, two FMCA chapters, will host a golden anniversary rally May 14-17 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio.
Organizers expect 70 motorhomes to attend the event, according to a news release.
“This is a great gathering of folks enjoying a celebration of fifty years of fellowship, fun, and camaraderie,” FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts at a recent rally in Wauseon, Ohio. “FMCA’s chapters are our best way of getting members together on a regular basis, even to this day.”
FMCA member Glen Perkin, from the Michigan Knights of the Highway chapter, is serving as rally host and said that the four-day gathering will have activities, entertainment, and catered meals, plus a presentation scheduled for Saturday night that will include slideshows filled with historical photos.
FMCA’s Third National President Charles Owens, a charter member of the Midwest Coachmen, will be attending the Saturday night fest, along with Don Marsh, the original secretary-treasurer for the Midwest Coachmen chapter.