Last year about 4,000 people attended the Midwest RV Super Show in downtown Elkhart, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune.
This year, with RV sales up over a year ago but an economy that seems to be bouncing around, Mark Bowersox, the show director, says he’s not sure what to expect.
“It’s hard to say,” he said. “The economy is up and down a little bit but RV sales have been recovering. This year has been a little bit better for a lot of people. We are just hoping for good weather and we will wait and see.”
The 56th Midwest RV Super Show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Civic Plaza and Central Park in downtown Elkhart. The show’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Kids ages 15 and younger get in free and all others pay $6.
What attendees will see is about 150 new 2011 and 2012 RVs from about 40 manufacturers.
“We do the show for a couple of reasons,” said Bowersox, who also is the executive director for the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council. “No. 1 is to give the local dealers a chance to sell their product.
“It’s also an opportunity to give people who would not necessarily stop at an RV dealer’s lot to come to a show and a no-pressure environment, walk around in a beautiful atmosphere and see exactly what’s in an RV. And see how affordable they actually are and maybe some day they would be a buyer sometime down the road.”
This will mark the second straight year staging the show in downtown Elkhart. The year before that there was no show and before that it was held at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen.