MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Don Clark said he thought Grand Design would have a tough time topping its first ever dealer appreciation night that started Open House Week 2014.
But the company president was practically beaming as he climbed onstage to give one last shout-out to the band .38 Special, which performed a string of its hit songs from the 1980s for about 350 dealers and other business partners Monday night at Bar Louie.
“That was a really fun celebration of the year,” Clark said. “We wanted to treat our dealers to a good time, and it was really good to see them have such a good time.”
The 2014 event was topped by a performance from rocker Eddie Money. Clark said he credits Grand Design GM Nate Goldenberg with landing such big name acts.
Other opening-day celebrations included about 200 people gathering at Dometic’s Elkhart facility and another evening event at Gulf Stream’s exhibit tent near the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
Open House Week’s main event got under way this morning with displays opening at Forest River’s Dynamax plant as well as Thor displays at the Hall and other manufacturers nearby. A handful of other displays – including Newmar and Riverside RV – are located along County Road 6 between Cassopolis Street and County Road 17.