Organizers for the Quartzsite RV Show, which wrapped up yesterday (Jan. 27) after a nine-day run, said that numbers were up from a year ago.
“Attendance was up from last year,” said promoter Kenny King, “but not what it was years ago.”
RVtravel.com reported that Vendors, about 350 all together, most of them in a 63,000-square-foot tent two football fields long, offered mixed reports.
This year’s sole RV dealer, Paul Evert’s RV County, was happy with the event, where brisk sales were about half towables and half motorhomes. “Sales were good, but they can always be better,” said GM Jim Hardy.
“Our sales were better than the last two years combined,” said Eric Davis of Eric’s RV Performance Center, who has attended for 18 years.
“I think attendance was up from last year, and our sales were up,” said Daryl Lawrence of Lawrence RV Accessories.
Len Bunts, owner of RV Special Things which sells LED lights noted, “Our sales were down about 45% this year,” he said, “but it’s probably because there were 22 booths selling LED lights. There were 17 last year and 12 the year before that.”
Harvest Host’s Don and Kim Greene, attending for their third year, thought crowds were off from last year. Mark Silver of Industrial Lock and Hardware said his sales passed last year’s halfway through the show.
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RVers from all over the U.S. and Canada are marking their calendars for the 2013 show schedule in Quartzsite, Ariz.
This tiny desert hamlet bursts at the seams each January when tens of thousands of RVs converge on Quartzsite for the huge rock and mineral shows, swap meets and flea markets that take place there each winter, according to a news release.
One of the largest and most popular venues is the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. Now in their 30th year, this huge show takes place in the “BIG TENT”, a half-mile south of Interstate 10 on State Highway 95. This year the dates for the 30th Annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are Jan. 19-27.
There is no charge for admission or parking at this spectacular event that is now billed as “The Largest Consumer Attended RV Show in the U.S.”
The attendance for the 2011 show was estimated at well over 100,000 with over 400 exhibits inside and around, the 70,000-square-foot, fully carpeted structure that included the “who’s who” of the RV industry.
Promoter Kenny King states, “If you’re looking for anything related to RVs, you’ll find it at the RV show in Quartzsite.” There will be hundreds new and used RVs on display in 2013 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate installation, repairs and service on many of the items that will be exhibited at the show.
In 2012 there were numerous tourism related exhibits from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe as well as representatives from dozens of the nation’s finest RV resorts and campgrounds. In addition, there were many “workamper” recruiters from national parks and private campgrounds in attendance.
“The number and diversity of exhibitors that you’ll find at the Quartzsite RV Show will not be found at any other show of this type in the United States,” King said.
For exhibitor information, photos, maps, directions and much more, visit www.quartzsitervshow.com or call (714) 377-7940.
The tiny desert town of Quartzsite, Ariz., located just east of the California border, is preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of its annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show, which promoters claim draws the largest crowds of any RV show in North America.
According to a report by RV News Service, the show takes place in and around a 70,000-square-foot tent a half mile south of I-10 on U.S. 95. This year’s event runs Jan. 19-27. Admission and parking are free. The attendance for the 2011 show was estimated at well over 100,000 with more than 400 exhibits inside the huge tent and surrounding it.
“There will be hundreds of new and used RV’s on display in 2013 and over a dozen service bays will be offering immediate installation, repairs and service on many of the items that will be exhibited at the show,” said promoter Kenny King.
Many tourism-related exhibits from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe will be on-site, as well as representatives from dozens of RV resorts and campgrounds. Some will offer information about seasonal job opportunities for RVers, commonly called “workampers.”
While some of the RVers who visit the Quartzsite show stay in local RV parks, most hole up for free on government lands just outside the small town. Information for visitors and exhibitors is available at www.quartzsitervshow.com or by calling 714-377-7940.
For one lucky winner, driving in Canada’s North in 2010 meant more than visiting fascinating communities and seeing spectacular scenery – it also meant winning a half-carat round Polar Ice diamond valued at over $9,000.
Frances Scidmore from Alamosa, Colo., first found out about the “Diamonds in the Rough” passport contest at the 2010 Quartzsite RV Show in Arizona and knew she’d want to travel the route that year, according to a news release. She will be returning to the Quartzsite Show at noon Jan. 26 to receive her brilliant prize from Kenny King, Quartzsite RV Shows, and Gerry LePrieur, Northwest Territories Tourism.
Every summer, adventurous travelers have an incentive to travel the Deh Cho Travel route – the opportunity to win a Government Certified Canadian Diamond. Mined at one of Canada’s first diamond mines in the Northwest Territories, the round brilliant diamond is generously donated by the city of Yellowknife, the “Diamond Capital of North America.”
Each year thousands of visitors drive the Deh Cho Travel Connection, a scenic touring route linking the Mackenzie, Liard and Alaska Highways in northern Canada. Deh Cho is the Dene word for “big river” and a fitting name for a region with the colossal Peace, Liard and Mackenzie rivers. The route traverses some of the most spectacular terrain in Canada, drawing visitors with its magnificent wildlife, rich culture and history, and its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.
The Diamonds in the Rough campaign has run from May 15 – Sept. 1 every year for the past three years. There will be a new polished brilliant diamond up for grabs in 2011. Full contest details are available at www.dehchotravel.com.