About 10,000 recreational vehicle industry representatives are expected to attend the annual industry trade show next Tuesday (Dec. 2) through Thursday in Louisville, Ky., an event that usually pumps around $8 million into the local economy.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that attendees to the National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center, an event not open to the general public, will include RV dealers, warehouse distributors, accessory store owners, campground operators, and exhibitors from manufacturers and supplier companies.

The show is expected to reflect several recent boom years for the RV industry, following a few years in decline during the recession, with further growth anticipated in 2015, officials of the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association which hosts the show.

Of the 51 previous annual shows, only one — in the mid-1980s in Atlanta — has not been at the fairgrounds in Louisville.

The RV show is contractually committed to the expo center only through 2015, but the association has options for two additional years, and, according to Linda Edwards, Kentucky State Fair Board vice president of sales and marketing, “We look forward to working with RVIA for another four decades. They are a great client and partner, and we appreciate our longstanding relationship.”

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