In addition to the 1,500-some RVs on display and the 400 vendors offering everything from campgrounds to kitchenware, one of the highlights of the recent Florida RV SuperShow was the dozens of entertainers strolling the grounds.
From pirate bands to jugglers to people pretending to be potted plants, the SuperShow entertainers add a whimsical element to the consumer show, which is annually hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).
“We have great entertainment,” acknowledged FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson, who has been with the association for every one of the “Tampa Show’s” 34 years. “We do it to give the show an entertainment atmosphere as opposed to just a sales atmosphere. It puts people at ease. It just relaxes people and keeps everything flowing and moving.”
Each morning, steel drum bands entertained the hundreds of people lined up before the show opens for the day. Then, throughout each day, the dozens of entertainers stroll the 26 acres of the Florida State Fairgrounds venue. Entertainers include bagpipers, stilt walkers, a man pushing a gondola down the midways, a robot that talks to people, and musicians in all manner of costumes.
“We even have a covered wagon pulled by an armadillo,” Wilson inserted. “Everybody asks, ‘Hey, where’d you find those people?’ We don’t have to find them; they find us. But we work with a couple of companies and they find them for us. It’s fun. Everybody enjoys it and it’s moving.”
It’s important that the entertainers keep moving, he pointed out, so as not to pull a potential customer away from a dealer.
“Everything we do is roving because we want to make sure that somebody’s not closing on an RV and someone announces, ‘Hey, don’t miss the Scottish drum band. They’ll be playing at 2 o’clock,’ and then he gets up and leaves. That’s not what the dealers are looking for here. So everything moves around the fairgrounds and roves,” Wilson explained.
“We also have lots of refreshments and concessions and anything you want, like a bacon-wrapped, mac-and-cheese hot dog,” he added. “I mean to tell you we’ve got everything. We’ve got something called the Mega. It’s a breakfast sandwich with ham, bacon, sausage, egg, cheese and hash browns all on the sandwich.”