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As attendees of the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show begin their respective sojourns home today (Nov. 30), a number of interesting and memorable events have emerged.
And, according to the Indiana’s South Bend Tribune, highlights of the Louisville, Ky., show ranged from amusing musical numbers to interesting RV building trends.
Here, then, are some glimpses from around the Kentucky Exposition Center, where the RV industry wraps up its annual trade show today.
• During Tuesday’s Outlook Breakfast, former American Idol contestant Celena Rae led the crowd of 1,000 industry officials in a parody of the Beatles’ hit, “Yellow Submarine.” The crowd, standing up waving blue glow sticks side to side, sang, “We all live the Go RVing dream.”
• At Tuesday morning’s kickoff breakfast, B.J. Thompson, chairman of the RVIA’s public relations committee and president of the Mishawaka-based public relations agency bearing his name, led the crowd in a little game. He asked participants to yell out whether they thought people on a video screen had a good or bad year, image-wise. After a veritable rogue’s gallery that included filmmaker and drunken ranter Mel Gibson and disgraced Congressman Mark Foley – the crowd shouted “Bad!” to those faces – the final image of the RV industry appeared, prompting attendees to shout, “Good!”
• The ecclectic crowd of attendees included business people from most Canadian provinces, Italy, France and Hong Kong. Don Emahiser, vice president of sales and marketing for Millersburg-based Carriage Inc., spent the show greeting dealers from all over. “I can’t gather all the dealers from all the markets we have at any other event,” Emahiser said, right before shaking hands with someone from Saskatchewan.
• A new floorplan by Coachmen RV, Middlebury, Ind., in its Freelander 3130 model, features a full-sized bar, with three hydraulic barstools, track lighting and a built-in wine cooler. The company hesitates to refer to it as a party bus, according to the Tribune.