The annual Midwest RV SuperShow may be returning to its roots in Elkhart, Ind., according to a report in the Elkhart Truth.
The August show began in Elkhart in 1954 but was moved to the University of Notre Dame in nearby South Bend, Ind., in 1969 because it had outgrown its site at the North Side Gym. The move also coincided with the opening of Notre Dame’s Athletic & Convocation Center, which afforded ample indoor show space.
However, the recent announcement that the RV/MH Hall of Fame is breaking ground on a new 30-acre site just off the Indiana Toll Road will give show promoters another option. Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2005 on the new facility that will include an exhibition hall and large parking lot.
“It would be nice to have the show back in Elkhart,” said Chris Huffer, vice president of sales and marketing at Hart City RV, the largest of 14 dealerships that showed 220 units at this year’s show at Notre Dame.
Dennis Harney, executive director of the IMHA, said the show committee will sit down in the next 60 to 90 days and review this year’s show and how to make it better. The IMHA has no contract with Notre Dame for future shows, but routinely signs one at the end of the year or early the next, Harney noted.
“I would say nothing is an impossibility. We are always looking for ways to serve our members. If we believe that would work best over there (in Elkhart), we would look at that seriously,” Harney said.
Harney left open the possibility an arrangement could be worked out with the Heritage Foundation.
“We would certainly like to do something with the Hall of Fame,” Harney said.