Record Display Space Booked for Tampa Show
The 24th Annual Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 14-18 kicks off the spring selling season for the RV industry and is being watched, along with a number of other upcoming retail shows, as a bellwether for the industry.
“We will have more suppliers’ booths than ever before and a record amount of manufacturer space,” said FRVTA Marketing Director David Kelly. “With the addition of new entertainment and more seminars, we’re anticipating record crowds this year. We’re also renewing the two-day pass so the public will have two full days to see everything at the SuperShow at no additional cost.”
“Industry Day” will be precede the consumer show, set for Jan. 13.
The theme of the 2009 Florida RV SuperShow is “Fun is Right Around the Corner,” acknowledging an emerging trend among RVers to travel closer to home. FRVTA said that a full slate of educational seminars are planned along with displays from numerous Florida campgrounds and resorts.
Daily entertainment will include clowns, unicycle riders, barbershop quartets and bagpipe bands. There will also be a dog show along with a contest for the “World’s Largest Sand Sculpture.”
In conjunction with the show, FRVTA will hold its Super Rally for the 19th straight year. The rally is open to all RV clubs and the general public, and offers free admission to the show.
New this year is Brian Brawdy with his “Green RV” display. Brawdy’s RV uses six solar panels and a wind turbine. It also captures and stores rainwater for use later as fresh, sanitary water. The RV has everything found in today’s homes: complete kitchen, queen-sized bed, full bath and entertainment center.
Referred to as an ‘Outdoor Adventure Expert,’ “Environmental Pioneer’ and ‘Eco-RVer,’ Bawdry has appeared on several prominent cable and network news shows promoting green RVing.