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The Midwest RV Super Show will be returning to its roots in Indiana’s Elkhart County this year after a 36-year run at the University of Notre Dame in nearby South Bend.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC), which hosts the event, the 52nd Annual Midwest RV Super Show will be held August 17-20 at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen.
The event originated in Elkhart County in the mid-1950s before moving to Notre Dame in 1969. The South Bend site evolved into one of the industry’s most significant trade shows prior to adopting a consumer-oriented retail format.
“There has been a growing sentiment throughout the industry that this event belongs in Elkhart County,” said Dennis Harney, executive director of the RVIC. “We have the support of the industry, as well as the support from the public officials of Elkhart County, to make this change.
“Our partnership with the Elkhart County Visitor Center enables us to draw consumers from throughout the Midwest to the show and will expand our on-site rally to be larger and more camper friendly than it has ever been.”
The fairgrounds offer fully equipped camping sites, including 50-amp connections, along with spacious facilities.
“We want our guests to experience all that Elkhart County has to offer,” said Diana Lawson, executive director of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “From the ‘RV Capital’ to ‘Amish Country,’ there is no other community like this in the world.”
Some of the scheduled activities include RV manufacturer tours, “Amish Country” tours, dinner in an Amish home, theatrical performances at Amish Acres, group dinners at local restaurant Das Dutchman Essenhaus, RV technical and lifestyle seminars and a craft fair.
“The Board of Commissioners is very pleased that the RV Super Show is coming back to its home in Elkhart County,” said board President Phil Stiver. “On behalf of the board we welcome them back and look forward to many years of continued success with the industry,”
“I’m excited to be a part of bringing the Midwest Show back to Elkhart County where it belongs,” said Kelly Cummins, district manager for Elkhart-based Coachmen RV Co. LLC and RVIC president. “I can assure you that Coachmen will do its part to help make this homecoming event a success.”