Lengthy lines of attendees appeared Wednesday (Sept. 11) morning for the first of five consumer days at the Hershey Show, officially known as “America’s Largest RV Show,” the 51st running of which takes place through Sunday at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

The crowds at Hershey, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) were also impressive throughout the exhibits, several exhibitors told RVBUSINESS.com, the sister publication to WOODALLSCM.com, adding that they couldn’t have asked for a better attendance on opening day despite the heat that saw temperatures in the low 90s.

But time will tell how everything shakes out with regard to sales between now and the end of the week, industry insiders pointed out. Thursday’s weather forecasts calls for a continued heat wave with the possibility Thursday afternoon of severe storms at Hershey, a show that traditionally has served as a harbinger, sales-wise, of the year ahead.

This year’s edition features 45 manufacturers, including an array of suppliers inside the Giant Center, and occupies more than one million square feet, an increase of 8,202 square feet from 2018.

The event opened on Monday with two Industry Days, including an educational format on Tuesday.