Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis announced via Facebook June 2 that Camping World does not plan to participate in America’s Largest RV Show, September 16-20, in Hershey, Pa., due to coronavirus concerns. The announcement came as a surprise to both dealers and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) staff and board, who were not notified of his decision before the announcement.
PRVCA Executive Director Heather Leach acknowledged that there are hurdles to overcome, but the staff and show committee are working hard to ensure that the show will go on. The safety of all attendees, exhibitors and staff is the main priority. They have been formulating a plan that would detail how the show could safely move forward in September.
“When we heard about Camping World not attending the show, I immediately got emails from other dealers saying they fully support the show and will work hard to fill any void that leaves and that they’re completely 100% dedicated to PRVCA, which, you know, says a lot about the dealers in the state,” Leach said.
“While I understand that there’s obvious concern, we’re continuing to do everything that we can to try and make the event a success, and I’m sure we will be updating everybody as the summer proceeds to let them know what the future may hold. Right now, we’re still trying to overcome some hurdles obviously to make the show happen. And we really do appreciate the support of all the other dealers across the state.”
As Pennsylvania is still moving through the reopening phases, there are limitations on events. The show committee will present guidelines to the governor’s office to secure exemptions from the current policies. As of today, the show is still on as scheduled.