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The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., offers an interesting excursion through the evolution of recreational vehicles, and their names, from early examples dating back to when the auto industry was just getting into gear to the large and luxurious state-of-the-art homes on wheels of today.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is holding its first Family Fest on Saturday (Aug. 22) and offering special $5 admission to the museum and festival, with free admission for children through age 15. The festival will include children’s activities, a car show, a vintage RV show, games, live music, food and crafts. The Kelly Miller Circus will also be on the grounds with shows at 1-4 p.m.

Judy Jankowski of the RV/MH Hall of Fame said the Family Fest is a way to thank the community for its support of the event center, which can hold up to 1,000 people and has seven venues.

“We get so much wonderful support from Elkhart and the surrounding region holding board meetings, weddings, trade shows … nearly every weekend,” Jankowski said. “We had a cancellation for Aug. 22 and thought this could be a wonderful opportunity to thank the community, so we came up with a fun and inexpensive family event.”

Jankowski said that the Hall of Fame had been in downtown Elkhart since the 1970s and moved to this larger location off the Indiana Toll Road in 2007. It adds to other RV-related facilities that dot the landscape in that area.

“Elkhart is the epicenter of the industry, with a legacy and long history,” Jankowski said. “Today 84% of all RVs are manufactured here.”

It’s fun to walk through some examples of the latest of those RVs in the museum’s Go RVing area. Here visitors can go inside five current models including a pop-up, a remake of a vintage camper adjacent to the original version, a beautifully appointed motor home and a lavish and house-sized fifth wheel with hydraulic slide-outs allowing for even more space when parked.

This section of the museum also has a 1/24th-scale model of an RV assembly plant. If you’d like to see the real thing, near the museum entrance you can pick up information sheets listing more than a dozen manufacturers that offer tours of their facilities and the tour details.

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