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With 44 manufacturer lines represented and 210 booths sold totaling over 810,000 square feet, the 2009 Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show set for Sept. 14-20 in Hershey, Pa., is sure to provide quality products to all attendees and valuable time to meet with manufacturer representatives during trade days at the start of the show, according to a news release.

The show is sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) and will be held at the HERSHEYPARK Entertainment Complex.

“Trade days are Hershey’s best-kept secret,” said Doug Gaeddert of Forest River Inc. “There’s no waiting in line to talk to your manufacturer rep and you don’t feel rushed like you do at other shows.”

The drawing for the 41st annual show, billed as “America’s Largest RV and Camping Show,”  was held May 5 at the Hershey Hotel where manufacturer and booth vendor representatives gathered to draw for their company’s location in the show. Also present were many members of the show committee composed of the following: Tim Umstead, Gary Farnsworth, Jeff Kline, Matt McMahon, Lori Morrow, John Roba, Hadden Smith and John Zimmerman.

The show also features the following educational speakers:

  • Randy Sobel will be presenting “20 New Sales Techniques for Today’s Changing Market” as well as hosting a sales rally prior to the start of the first retail day to give sales teams an extra boost of inspiration.
  •  Campground experts Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), and Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) will be presenting “Campground Inventory with Park Models in the Mix.”  
  • Retired Pittsburgh Steeler running back Jerome Bettis will offer  a motivational message.  

The industry party will feature ’50s style cuisine, HERSHEYPbowzers-logoARK rides and a concert by Bowzer’s Rock’n Roll Party.

Due to their hit with both exhibitors and attendees, the golf cart taxis will be returning in full force and replacing the perimeter tram. The golf cart taxis allow attendees to reach all areas of the show and they can even be driven to the parking lot. Overnight parking will also be moved next to the GIANT Center on a hard lot. Limited spaces will be available.