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RV Hall Expands Marketing as Venue for Events

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September 17, 2012 by   Leave a Comment

The RV/MH Hall of Fame is moving forward not only with its debt reduction but in other ways, too.

That includes the recent naming of the banquet events hall, the Northern Indiana Events Center, with signage in the offing, according to a report by the South Bend Tribune. The hall is located at the south entrance of the facility.

“There was some confusion as to where to enter the event center when organizations and groups rented the facilities for shows, group meetings and events such as company parties, etc.,” said Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc., which oversees the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart.. To him, saying a wedding reception was at the hall did not look right either. And so the change was made.

According to the hall’s website, the event center can accommodate groups as small as 10 in private rooms to a sit-down banquet for up to 1,000 guests in Ingram Hall to as many as 2,100 in theater-style seating.

The hall hired Stacey Walworth, who has experience working with nonprofit facilities, as event sales/marketing manager for the event center.

It recently held the Midwest RV Super Show on the grounds and the Bridal Expo at the facility, both for the first time.

Upcoming events include the housing the Thor Industries Inc. display for the second straight year during this week’s RV Open House, and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Biz-Ness Expo, which has been there for several years.

“We just had our best August ever,” Searer said.

“The event center is an important segment to our mission and our financial stability.”

It also sends a signal to the community.

“The Hall of Fame is living up to its potential as the town square for the RV industry,” said Laura Coyne, Elkhart County redevelopment coordinator. “The Thor open house alone is a sign of recovery of the facility’s promise, and of the industry, in just one year. It’s nice to see its home base full of life and activity.”

Thus far, the hall has averaged about 100 visitors a day since mid-May, in what is considered the travel season. That includes a high of more than 500 on the Saturday in August of the Midwest RV Super Show, which offered a ticket that included both the hall and the show.

More activity is planned.

“We are going to get more aggressive to get people in the events center,” Searer said. “We have a very bright future.”

 

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