b'EDITORS NOTES By Ben QuiggleAre You Ready for In-Person Events?Will in-person events come back in 2021?While a number of 2020 conferences went virtual due to the COVID pan-demic, the general consensus in the RV park and campground business,from what were hearing at Woodalls Campground Management (WCM),is that people cant wait to resume live shows and other get-togethers.Its not that virtual conferences are lacking in professional productionvalues and enduring content. On the contrary, the recent virtual CanadianOutdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo, for example, was extremelywell-received and attended. (Read more about that on page 3.)What virtual events lack most, however, are the human touches andsocial networking not to mention the fact that most virtual events andvendors feel as though they have more success when their products areon hand for campground owners to see in person.And while the pandemic isnt going anywhere in the immediate future, some state campgroundand RV associations are moving forward with plans to host in-person events in states that allow forsuch gatherings to be held.In fact, the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds(CARVC), for one, is set to hostan in-person campground sector-focused event in early February while a couple of RV industry showshave already taken place this year, including the 2021 Florida RV SuperShowin Tampa (see page 6)and the annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Showin Arizona. Organizers of both events, whiletaking steps to protect attendees, have reported smaller crowds but solid business.Weve touched bases with several state associations with in-person events on their respectiveschedules for this year, and they, too, seem focused on keeping everyone safemoving into largerfacilities so that attendees and vendors are separated more in some cases. Instead of eight to 10 peopleat a table, for example, there will be only four, while food service is being handled by companies thatare also taking appropriate measures.At the Michigan ARVC Spring Conference, plannedMarch 21-23 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Re-sort, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.,we are going to be following all Centers for Disease Control guidelines,noted Greg Katt, executive director of the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan. Dee Witting, executive director of CARVC, says her association acknowledges that there may havebeen people who didnt feel comfortable enough to attend the Carolina conference in early February,and she understands. Still, the associations board members felt that they could conduct the confer-ence in a safe enough way for people who do choose to attend.The hotel we are using has hosted even larger in-person events over the past few months, sheexplained. So, they have everything prepared for us.Only time will tell how these conferences play out, but with attention to details and plans in placethat account for the safety of attendees and vendors, shows like the Florida RV SuperShow shouldsee plenty of success and maybe help us all lurch forward toward normalcy. WCMwww.woodallscm.comMarch 2021 Vol. 52No. 3G & M E D I A LLCGROUPContact Information: Editorial Rick Kessler, Managing EditorSherman Goldenberg, Publisher rkessler@rvbusiness.comsgoldenberg@rvbusiness.com (734) 777-6830Office: (574) 457-3370 Gary Gerard, Editorial DirectorMobile: (574) 457-6637 ggerard@rvbusiness.comFax: (574) 457-8295 (574) 528-1275Ben Quiggle, Editorbquiggle@rvbusiness.com Jeff Crider, Senior EditorMobile: (574) 306-7781 campinginfosource@gmail.com(760) 469-5905Advertising:Ally Kollat, Account Wendy Thorne, AccountExecutive, National Ad Sales Executive, National Ad Salesakollat@g-gmediagroup.com wthorne@g-gmediagroup.comOffice: (574) 266-7980 ext. 11 Office (574) 266-7980 ext. 14Art Direction:Trina Nissley, Art Directortnissley@rvbusiness.comAll general correspondence, circulation and display and classifiedsales inquiries may be directed to the following:Woodalls Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Fax: (574) 266-7984Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgroundsmay receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls CampgroundManagementone free subscription per campground. Others may purchase subscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 peryear in Canada. Contact Woodalls Campground Management, C/O G&GMedia Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Email: rvbusiness@rvbusiness.comWoodalls Campground Management is published monthly by G&G MediaGroup LLC at the above address.2 -March 2021 Woodalls Campground Management'