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Since 1962, an all-volunteer force has been planning, organizing and putting on the Springfield RV, Camping, & Outdoor Show, running Feb. 17-20 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, Mass.

Back then, the event was held in one building on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.

Now billed as “the biggest, oldest and best family RV, camping and outdoor show in the Northeast,” the 55th annual event – traditionally held over Presidents Day weekend – requires three buildings, a sizable chunk of the exposition grounds, and is expected to draw some 30,000 visitors.

More than 20 RV dealers and representatives of nearly 100 campgrounds and a host of other vendors have signed up to exhibit at the event.

“We are produced and run entirely by our camping club,” said Julie Nadeau of Easthampton. “We all pull together and get the job done.” Nadeau and husband, Gary, are chairmen of this year’s show.

The club is Pioneer Valley Chapter 8 of the North American Family Campers Association, which has chapters across New England and one in Canada. The Pioneer Valley chapter involves some 180 families.

“In order to successfully run this four-day show, we rely on our members to fill 636 shifts,” Julie Nadeau said. Chapter members serve as cashiers, take tickets, watch doors and provide information to guests. Others work on committees responsible for advertising, preparing exposition buildings for exhibitors, organizing volunteers, planning seminars, lining up entertainment and securing prizes. The chapter also has a teen club, which involves young family members.

“They pour their hearts and souls into helping pull the show together,” Julie Nadeau said.

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“We are produced and run entirely by our camping club,” said Julie Nadeau of Easthampton. “We all pull together and get the job done.” Nadeau and husband, Gary, are chairmen of this year’s show.

The club is Pioneer Valley Chapter 8 of the North American Family Campers Association, which has chapters across New England and one in Canada. The Pioneer Valley chapter involves some 180 families.