If you thought that America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., couldn’t get any larger after last year’s footprint totaled just under a million square feet, think again.
An aerial veiw of the indoor portion of the PRVCA’s Hershey Show. This year’s show looks to be the most expansive ever. Photos courtesy of PRVCA.
The Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association is gearing up for its largest show ever this September, and has eclipsed the total space from last year’s event.
The event, which takes place at the Giant Center, is split into a two-day industry event (Sept. 14-15) followed by a five-day public event (Sept. 15-20).
Space for the public portion of the show is practically sold out, but there is still space available for industry-only vendors, according to Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association Marketing Director Heather Leach.
“We are essentially sold out,” Leach said of the public space. “There’s maybe one little spot for manufacturers, but we’re talking less than 1000 square feet. Booths are sold out and have been sold out for a while.”
Total registration this year has exceeded a million square feet total for manufacturers and vendors. Last year’s total footprint for the show fell just shy of the million-feet mark (999,402).
As of July 21, Leach said that 47 RV manufacturers, compared to 48 total last year, and 148 booth vendors registered for the event.
Manufacturers have allotted 989,832 square feet of space across both portions of the show, about a 7 percent uptick from last year’s total.
The show also features a lineup of education seminars that qualify for recertification hours, Leach said.
“We’re very excited about our education line-up and hope that the industry takes advantage of it,” Leach states. “There’s no other place you can receive this variety of training, including qualifying for recertification hours, and get the first chance to see the newest products in the market.”
Technician training seminars include:
- Lippert Components
- Dexter Axle
- Blue Ox
- Cequent Towing Products
- Titan International
- Distributor Showcase by Keller Marine and RV
- PDI Training with Gary Motley
- How to Recruit and Keep Workampers
The annual Industry Party will be held on Sept. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hersheypark, where exhibitors and attendees can enjoy rides, a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres, Pennsylvania brewer Yuengling Lager and assortment of wines.
“We’ve also decided to take our event mobile this year,” Leach said. “Simply download the guidebook app and search for America’s Largest RV Show.” You can also go to http://guidebook.com/g/eot2dpfn. The app will enable you to view the training schedules, set reminders, locate exhibitors and much more.