The annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, already the largest consumer show in the industry, is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds with a 10% increase in vendor participation this year, according to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).
The 90 manufacturers attending the Sept. 7-12 show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. have paid for 10.1% more display space than last year, while suppliers have reserved spaces for nearly 20% more booths.
Altogether, the show will feature more than 1,200 recreational vehicles, including 40 park model RVs, up from 25 units last year, show officials said.
Trade days for dealers, manufacturers and campground operators will take place Sept. 7 and 8 and will feature war hero and ex-POW Charlie Plum, William “the Refrigerator” Perry from the Chicago Bears and Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) as Red Carpet Breakfast speakers.
Seminars on Internet sales, family succession and other business topics will also be provided.
The consumer portion of the show will take place Sept. 9-12 and will include seminars by RV travel experts Joe and Vicki Kieva and Gary Bunzer, “The RV Doctor.”
With over 1 million square feet under roof and over 300,000 square feet outside, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show is the largest of its kind.
The Harrisburg show is also the 11th largest trade show of any industry in the nation and was dubbed the fastest growing hybrid show (trade and public) in the United States and Canada by Tradeshow Week 200 last year, according to PRVCA officials.