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Fri Sep 16, 2016
In only the first public day of America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the show already set a record for the most attendees.
Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association Executive Vice President Heather Leach says the health and strength of the RV industry has motivated both industry personnel as well as the buying public to come to the show and check out the thousands of units and booths on display.
On Wednesday, the show had 9,205 people attend the show, which was about 85 more than last year’s record-setting day.
“So we have a new record,” Leach says. “Obviously, the show benefits from the health of the industry. The people are obviously here to buy. A lot of dealers that I talked to said it was the best opening day we had.”
The show is hosting 46 RV manufacturers displaying more than 1,300 units, covering the area of more than 33 football fields. Leach also estimates there to be around 170 vendors scattered throughout the grounds.
The PRVCA did the industry days (Sept. 12-13) a little different than in years past, where it used to have a party at Hershey Park. This year, the association had a large silent auction at the Hershey Lodge and the show continues to have several opportunities for training seminars, both for industry professionals as well as the buying public.
“We got really good feedback on that. I was happy that people really liked the change,” Leach says. “You never know how things would go if you change things like that. But we had a good turnout and it was a wonderful event. Having more technicians’ training moving forward is a goal of ours.”
The public days didn’t have many changes to the format. The only one was designed around improving the traffic flow. However, Leach, says that everyone she has talked to has had good things to say about the show.
“We do have hourly training seminars for the attendees that is included in the cost of admission,” Leach says. “They can find a seminar, anything from insurance to tips to make sure they choose the right RV, anything you can imagine. There’s quite a wide variety that they can choose on.”
The show continues until Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Giant Center, located at 550 W. Hersheypark Drive in Hershey.