Representatives of the RV industry from across North America will converge on Elkhart, Ind., tonight for the official celebration of the RV centennial.
All 1,000 tickets for the once-in-a-century event were sold weeks ago, sponsor Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported.
The celebration comes during RVIA’s annual Committee Week, which begins today.
Several Indiana state and natural political figures have been invited to the centennial event which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the RV/MH Heritage Museum on the city’s northeast side. The event is on, rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, all outdoor events will be moved inside.
The RV Centennial Celebration will include a barbecue and outdoor reception featuring casual fare and a variety of entertaining booths, a Centennial Campfire surrounded by antique RVs and more. The outdoor reception will be followed by a special program honoring the industry’s past. The fast-paced, one–hour program held inside the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum will include entertaining videos and presentations saluting the industry’s history and a cake-cutting ceremony. A rousing fireworks display will wrap up the evening.
RVIA previously announced important parking guidelines for those attending the event. Limited parking will be available on-site at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart and at the neighboring RSM McGladrey accounting firm. In order for event attendees to park on-site, they must be participating in a carpool with at least three people per car.
For those unable to carpool, RVIA is offering shuttle buses that will take guests to and from the Century Center Marriott in South Bend and RV/MH Hall of Fame. RVIA will also offer nearby satellite parking with shuttle-bus service to the event. Companies that have large groups of attendees coming to the Centennial Celebration are urged to run their own buses to allow as many of their attendees as possible to travel together as a group in one vehicle.
The party comes at the start of RVIA’s Committee Week, traditionally held in Washington, D.C. All Committee Week activities will be held at the Century Center in downtown South Bend, located 15 miles west of Elkhart.
Because Committee Week is being held in northern Indiana, the hub of the RV industry, the RVIA expects attendance at this week’s meetings to be higher than normal, RVIA Vice President Mac Bryan said.
Committee Week meetings began at 8 a.m. today and conclude with the RVIA board of directors meeting scheduled for all day on Thursday.