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Attendance slightly above 10,000 is expected at this year’s Southwest RV Supershow which began Thursday (Sept. 12) at Dallas Market Hall, according to the Texas Recreation Vehicle Association (TRVA), promoters of the event.
If the forecasted turnout is accurate, then this year’s attendance would represent “a slight increase over 2001,” according to Scot Miller, spokesman for the Austin-based TRVA.
The TRVA was concerned about the fact this year’s show began one day after the anniversary of last year’s terrorist attacks, but “initial attendance (Thursday) has been good,” Miller said.
The supershow also had good advance publicity because its sponsors include the Dallas Morning News and television station CBS-11, he added.
Nineteen dealers, including Foretravel Inc., are selling units at this year’s supershow, which ends Sunday (Sept. 15).
Foretravel, based in Nacogdoches, Tex., is a highline motorcoach builder that sells directly to retail buyers.
With the opening this week of the retail shows in Dallas and Harrisburg, Pa., the RV industry’s autumn retail show season now is in full swing. Retail shows in Portland, Ore., and Indianapolis also began on Thursday and will end Sunday.