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Forest City, Iowa — They’ve been through hell, so a little heat and humidity won’t slow the MIL-WITS.

They’re military veterans, owners of Winnebago and Itasca motor homes, and they’re having their usual big ol’ time this week at the 42nd-annual Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) grand national rally.

“We love it,” said Jack Fraker of Winter Haven, Fla., a retired Navy veteran who served as the first MIL-WITS president when the club’s charter was approved in 1991. “It’s the biggest and best special interest group in WIT.

The club held its national rally last week in Forest City — playing reveille at daybreak and taps in the evening using CDs and a P.A. system.

Members provided the color guard for the opening ceremony parade, the flag-raising and a military services event at the WIT Rally — and they’ll do the same for the closing ceremonies.

The club, which includes veterans from the U.S. and Canada, is celebrating its 20th WIT Rally. There are about 40 motor homes involved.

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“We are excited to bring a little ‘tinsel town’ fanfare to Forest City for our week long Grand National Rally,” said WIT General Manager Doug Formanek. “With over 1,300 Winnebago Industries motor homes expected, – up nearly ten percent from last year – we are looking forward to a fun-filled week of celebrity look-alikes and red carpet activities as we celebrate our Hollywood Legends theme!”

Held at the rally grounds across from Winnebago Industries’ headquarters in Forest City, the 41st annual Grand National Rally promises to be an active week, filled with informative seminars, great entertainment and most importantly, fun. Many attendees will be dressed as their favorite actor or actress, and will participate in such events as the Happy Camper Cookoff, Motor Home Rodeo and the first ever “WIT Movie” where attendees will star in a movie filmed entirely during the rally. Best performance awards will even be given out for event winners throughout the week.

“With over 3,000 people expected to attend, this week will mark movie history in Forest City,” Formanek said. “I’m sure Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and even Roy Rogers will make an appearance. But the real star of the week is the RV lifestyle that WIT members enjoy in their Winnebago Industries motor homes – is the perfect mix of fun, friendship and camaraderie – and the real reason our members return home every year. We look forward to celebrating Hollywood Legends this July!”

Although the rally officially doesn’t begin until July 18, 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 and click on the “Special GNR Edition” tab for details about the event and registration information.”

Membership in WIT is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago Industries motor home and there are currently more than 14,000 Club members. WIT members are eligible for special member benefits and can also participate in local, state, regional and special interest clubs, and travel on a variety of WIT Club managed special events called caravans and rallies.

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