The 30th Annual Edmonton RV Exposition & Sale opens tonight (Feb. 11) at the newly expanded Edmonton EXPO Center (formerly Northlands Agricom) in Edmonton, Alberta, with another 100,000 square feet of space over last year’s show, according to the Edmonton Journal.
This four-day event is the premiere showing of recreation vehicles, services and accessories in Western Canada in the largest facility west of Toronto – some 380,000 square feet in total.
More than 400 RVs will be on display – including tent trailers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, park models, motorhomes and diesel pushers. The latest in RV services, products and tourism destinations also will be on board to check out. The ever-popular RV Lifestyle Theatre is back with speakers on a wide range of pertinent topics.
All show-goers have the opportunity to participate in the Passport to Prizes event sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta. Participants could win a $5,000 shopping spree redeemable with any participating show dealer. Other prizes include a one-week stay with golfing privileges at Alberta Beach Golf Resort and RV Park (a $1,200 value) or a 2010 Kona Fire Mountain Bike worth $600 from River Valley Cycle.
New to the show this year is a chance to win a $60,000 RV with the Ultimate Putting Challenge sponsored by EPA Ultimate Concepts Inc. Venture over to the on-site putting green for a shot at a variety of golf prizes as well as the RV grand prize.
As in other years, all the space is sold out. A total of 16 dealers, one more than last year, and 100 small booths, a jump from 60 at the 2009 show, are in place to make a show that’s second to none.
“We’ve got a much larger space and we’ve filled it right up; we’re really happy about that,” says show manager Dan Merkowsky of the RVDA of Alberta. “Wear your running shoes – there’s lots of space and plenty to see.”
Show goers will be able to get around the expanded facility comfortably thanks to the two people-movers (golf carts) that show organizers have on hand. Getting to the center itself will be easier as well, with three shuttle buses around the parking lot.
Show chairman Bill Burnett of Trailblazer RV Center says the spacious surroundings give dealers more room to display their units to best advantage.
“They can bring more product, but they still have to pick and choose because there’s so much to show the public. There’s a lot of new product in terms of big and small units and the market is more diverse than ever.”
Innovative features to watch for include outside kitchens and more and bigger slideouts.
Attending the show gives everyone, from the experienced RVer to the newbie to the wannabe, a chance to see everything under one roof. “This way you can see it all up close,” which in turn helps you decide earlier and let the dealer know sooner what you want. That way you can be ready for the beginning of the season, Burnett says.
He noted the show is the first to take up all the main-level space at the centre – “a tribute to the industry and our customers. RVing is popular here. We have places to go and enjoy our recreation vehicles.”
Seminar topics at the RV Lifestyle Theatre include:
- Getting Your RV Ready for the Road with Al Cohoe of Okanagan College.
- Solar Power Systems and Inverters for your RV with Doug Grafton of Carmanah Technologies Inc.
- All About Holding Tanks – What You Were Afraid To Ask by Sani-Dump.com.