Show attendees check out General RV’s display

After about a 10-year hiatus, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) returned to the shores of southern Lake Huron last week for the Port Huron Camper & RV Show, an event that organizers said was a solid success.

MARVAC Director Darren Ing said more than 3,000 people attended the show, held March 23-26 at the Blue Water Convention Center, and featured five RV dealerships displaying 30 units as well as 14 campgrounds and parts and accessories retailers staffing exhibitor booths.

“The convention center is a brand new facility and they came to us asking that we bring the RV show back to Port Huron. We asked our dealer members, and they said the time was right to go back to Port Huron,” Ing told RVBUSINESS.com. “The dealers and exhibitors are our sounding board, and they said the traffic was very good and they were definitely making some sales.”

Even though Port Huron is considered a smaller market — the city’s population is about 30,000 — one of the unique features is it’s easily accessible to Canada via the Blue Water Bridge, prompting many Canadians to attend the show.

“One of the nice things about this show was one of the Facebook comments we got after it was over. A lady posted a comment saying ‘Thank you for coming back to Port Huron. It was a great show,’” Ing added.

Exhibiting dealers included A&S RV Center in Auburn Hills and Midland, Circle K RVs in Lapeer, McDowell RV Sales & Service in North Branch, Tri City RV in Bay City, and General RV whose Mt. Clemens location is the closest to Port Huron of its 11 stores in five states.