The Midwest RV Super Show used to be a huge event for the RV industry at the Elkhart County (Ind.) Fairgrounds every summer, but last year it was canceled due to the economy. Now it looks like it is making a comeback — of sorts — this year, according to television station WSBT, South Bend, Ind.
Organizers are hoping to hold a smaller show in August at the downtown Elkhart Civic Plaza. The city of Elkhart is working with a statewide RV organization to make it happen.
Some RV dealers in the Elkhart area say they are noticing a turnaround in business, and that sales are beginning to pick up compared to a year ago. There are not as many RV dealers now as there were two years ago, but the existing dealers want to get the word out about their product lines.
That’s what the city and the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC) want to do, so they’re teaming up for an RV show to accomplish that.
“It’s not news to anybody that the RV industry has been in a bit of a downturn recently, but things are coming back, especially at the manufacturing level,” said RVIC Executive Director Mark Bowersox. “We want to get the message out there that Elkhart is still the RV capital, and so there will be dealers from the city of Elkhart as well as the surrounding county, and really a lot of product that is made here locally.”
“I can feel the good times coming back,” said Hank Schrock, president of Total Value RV, Elkhart. “It’s starting to come back this spring, and we are looking forward to doing some more shows.”
Plans call for the show to be held for three days, Aug. 13-15. The city says it has the potential to attract 8,000 people to the downtown area.