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Friday’s Video: Opening Day at ‘The Rally’

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July 23, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

Today’s slide show features photos from the opening day of “The Rally” in Louisville, Ky., courtesy of photographer W. Scott Mitchell.

Thank goodness for air conditioning.

It’s saved this year’s edition of “The Rally,” a four-day RV extravaganza that got underway Thursday (July 22) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

“It’s supposed to be 99 degrees today — the hottest day of the year, but its 72 degrees inside the exhibit hall,” said Terry Thompson, vice president of RV sales for Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), The Rally sponsors. “If we weren’t indoors, we would die right now — everybody would go home.”

But, clearly, everyone is staying.

The Rally has attracted close to 2,500 RVs, Thompson said, and more than 1,000 day passes to The Rally were sold on Thursday. The total is “great for a Thursday,” he added.

“There’s a good buzz here. Units are being sold. Exhibitors seem happy. The guys that I talked to were happy with sales for the first day. The vendor exhibitors are very happy with the traffic,” he said.

Rally goers have been well entertained thus far. The Monarchs, a rock and roll band based in Louisville, performed Wednesday night inside spacious Freedom Hall and “people loved them,” Thompson noted.

Comedian Bob Newhart entertained Thursday night.  “Most people I talk to said he started out a little slow, but finished strong.”

Thompson noted a minimum number of complaints at this year’s Rally.

“When things are lousy, everybody’s in the registration area talking to us, saying, ‘This is bad, that is bad.’ There wasn’t anybody in there yesterday. That means they were busy.”

Dozens of seminars are on tap again for today, as is the Seventh Annual Rally Dog Show, featuring hundreds of dogs. Country and western singer Tanya Tucker entertains tonight at Freedom Hall.

The Rally runs through Sunday.

The Rally is sponsored by Affinity Group Inc., parent company of RVBUSINESS.com.

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