Customer Appreciation Day PosterBretz RV & Marine will be hosting its annual Customer Appreciation Day at its Missoula, Mont. store on May 2 and at its Billings location on May 9. According to a company announcement, this free event will feature a number of family friendly activities that encourage an interest in the RV lifestyle, as well as celebrating the dealership’s long history in the communities.

Founded in 1967 in Missoula by Frank and Vi Bretz, Bretz RV & Marine also has a third location in Boise, Idaho. The full service dealership features an extensive selection of boats and motorized and towable RVs, state of the art service departments with a complete collision repair centers, parts and accessories stores and free RV dump stations.

A member of the Priority RV Network, today the dealership is led by Mark and Dave Bretz and remains a family owned company.

Customer Appreciation Day first began as a way to thank the dealership’s loyal customers. It has since become an annual tradition in Missoula and Billings. The event has seen steady growth in the last few years, and has drawn around 2,500 people.

Mark Bretz recalled the first years of Customer Appreciation Day, saying his parents “closed the dealership for the weekend, and took all of our customers for an outing to Camp Utmost.”

“We spent the weekend camping, eating, and learning more about the RV lifestyle with all of our customers. The event was such a hit that we continued to do it every year,” he said. “Over time the event became so popular that the campground became too small to accommodate everyone. We then decided to move the event to the store and shorten the event to a single day. That is when the event grew to what it is today.”

This year’s event features a number of activities for the entire family, including a free steak and chicken dinner, the RV Lifestyle EXPO, several outdoor lifestyle seminars, the $1,000 money machine and a prize drawing.

In addition, Bretz RV & Marine has partnered with The Montana Club restaurant in preparing the free steak and chicken dinner, as well as with Montana Clown Works to organize a designated children’s play area. For the giveaway this year Bretz RV & Marine is also offering the chance to win a Retro Travel Trailer during the grand prize drawing.

To make this event as accessible as possible, Bretz RV & Marine will be offering ADA/mobility-impaired parking. There will also be a trolley, provided by the University of Montana Alumni association, and golf carts to transport guests to and from their vehicles in the parking lot. The schedule of events will also be available on the Bretz RV & Marine website prior to the May 2 and May 9 events.

Below is a video highlight of the dealership’s 2014 Customer Appreciation Day.