New Concept Propels Revived Flint RV Show
The Flint Camper and RV Show teamed up with a new partner to bring their expo back to Flint after a year off, The Flint Journal reported.
The RV show and the Flint Spring Home and Garden Show occupied the Perani Arena and Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Friday through Sunday.
This weekend served as the second annual home and garden show, and the RV show had been coming to Flint since the 1970s before not holding an expo in 2010.
It worked well for both parties, as more than 3,000 people had attended through Sunday afternoon. The dual-show expo brought more traffic to both sides of Perani Arena, said Rosalie Lamb, a show manager for the home and garden show.
“Our primary customers are homeowners and families, and the same is true of the RV show,” Lamb said.
More than 50 RVs were set up in the arena’s soccer facility, while the hockey rink was covered for displays on the home and garden side.
While Grand Blanc resident Laurie Thal came to look at fieldstone paving, which are rocks that come in differently cut shapes, for a walkway, she said she enjoyed looking at other booths on the home and garden side.
“I came out to get ideas, prices and just to see what’s out there,” Thal said.
Grand Blanc resident Lauren Goslee came to look at RVs, but said having both expos in the same building was a nice touch.
“They’ve got a lot of variation,” Goslee said. “We’re looking for down the road.”
Traditionally, the RV show had been held in late February for four days, but the new setup allowed the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) to take advantage of the season.
“(It’s a) little different feel because we’re closer to spring,” said Bill Sheffer, MARVAC director. “We feel good about coming to Genesee County.”
Sheffer said MARVAC does five shows across Michigan, with others taking place in Novi, Battle Creek and Traverse City. Anywhere from 25 to 70 RVs could be sold thanks to the expo, including some not featured at the event.
Thanks to the expo’s success, Lamb said the groups will talk about holding a similar event and said it was a “concept that works.”