The 39th Annual Six-Day Rally arrived at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee Wednesday.

The 39th Annual Six-Day Rally arrived in Shawnee Wednesday.

The rally, from the Family Motor Coach Association, is returning to The Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center. The event was last here in 2009.

The rally, which includes nearly 500 motor homes, will be in town until Saturday.

The opening ceremonies took place Wednesday evening at the expo center.

Vice Mayor James Harrod welcomed the group.

"I have motor-home envy," he said of their RVs.

Harrod encouraged the audience to get out and see Shawnee while they are here.

"We want you to come up and have a good time," he said. "We do appreciate you visiting Shawnee, and I hope you have a wonderful time here."

Gordana Rowell, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also spoke.

"We're really glad you're here," she said. "You're here to have fun and that's the best guests to have."

Charlie Adcock, vice president for the south central area with the Family Motor Coach Association, said he really enjoys the facilities in Shawnee.

"Thank you for the facilities most of all," Adcock said. "My vendors love the facilities here."

"But if you'd been in here in 2009, you'd know why they love them so much," he added, referring to the renovations to the expo center.

"I hope you enjoy this rally half as much as I do, because I've already had a barrel of fun and I'm going to have a bunch more," Adcock said.

This rally, along with the Oklahoma Museums Association Conference which is also in town, is expected to have a significant impact on sales tax for Shawnee.