License plates in the parking lot at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show grounds in Mercedes, Texas, on Thursday (Jan. 12) ranged from Michigan and Wisconsin to Ohio and Illinois.
The Mercedes Monitor reported that Winter Texans and RV enthusiasts turned out in droves Thursday to inspect the latest in RVs and RV accessories at the All-Valley RV Show.
Luke and Sally Davis, from St. Charles, Mo., said they already own an RV, but have enjoyed coming to the show for the past few years to check out the latest models and technologies the industry is offering.
“We came here to see what kind of new products they got coming out,” Luke said. “We also just come up here for parts. I buy my fuel filters here and my air filters here.”
The show, which is the second-largest in Texas, features motorhomes, travel trailers, fift- wheels, campers and park models in addition to more than 90 booths of parts, supplies, services and travel and tour agents. Representatives from various campgrounds, resorts and other related organizations are also on hand.
Bill and Sharon Maginot, from Terrell, east of Dallas, came to the show for much the same reason as the Davises.
“We’re just window shopping,” Bill Maginot said.
Bob and Pam Johnson, who have an RV at South Padre Island for the next couple of months, were out enjoying a nice day.
“We’re not thinking about buying anything. It’s just a pretty day outside. So we’re just walking around and checking it out,” Bob Johnson said.
As morning turned to afternoon and clouds dissipated, making way for sunlight, more and more people arrived at the show.
All-Valley RV Show spokesperson Warren Kininmonth said the show usually draws about 10,000 visitors.
Last year, a bitterly cold “blue norther” and a flood affected attendance and only about 8,000 visitors showed up. He hopes this year to get back to the normal crowd.
“The weather hurt us a bit today,” he said Thursday as a cold wind blew. “But it picked back up, and we’re hoping to have about 10,000 visitors by the end.”
In addition to a plethora of RVs, motorhomes and related items, there will be live entertainment on the H-E-B Hot Spot stage throughout the show, which is a first. There also is will be a drawing for $500 that RV show visitors can enter.