An aerial view of a previous Hershey Show.

After having been canceled last year due to the pandemic, all signs say the 2021 edition of the Hershey RV Show – officially called America’s Largest RV Show – will go on as planned this year. Presented by the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), the Hershey Show is set for Sept. 15-19 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Industry-only days are Sept, 13-14.

PRVCA Executive Director Heather Leach told RVBusiness, sister publication to WOODALLSCM.com, she was happy to report the show will take place as scheduled. There’s a tangible sense of pent-up excitement for this year’s event, she added, and everyone is expecting a strong showing.

“The show’s definitely moving ahead and we’ll deal with whatever comes our way, but as far as the exhibitors and the consumers go, everyone seems to be looking forward to it. So, yeah, we’re just hoping it’s going to be another great one,” Leach said.

Since COVID and its variants are still casting a long shadow, some protocols will be in place beside the digital-only ticket sales. Sanitizing stations will be dispersed throughout the grounds and social distancing and masks will be encouraged.

Heather Leach

“I had a meeting with the Giant Center just maybe two weeks ago and they are encouraging masks inside of the inside of all of the facilities, but they are not going to be enforcing anything. It’s just highly encouraged,” Leach explained. “It’s really going to be up to each individual person coming into the show. I think everyone at this point is accustomed to all those types of procedures now, but nothing out of the ordinary. But it goes without saying we want to have as safe an event as possible.”

Leach added that PRVCA will contact exhibitors should there be any updates. “As of this moment, that is what’s happening,” she said,

Despite the pandemic roller coaster, she added, event planning has been “going very well.”

“Obviously, the year has its challenges that everyone is already familiar with, but we’ve been getting a great response from consumers,” she said. “We’ve started our digital-only ticket sales, and that means we’ve been able to monitor the ticket sales and they’ve been really strong. So, we’re pleased with that and we have a lot of people excited to come out. We’ve had a good response from the manufacturers and we’re planning on having a good show.”

While Leach conceded that attendance might not break records — Hershey typically draws about 60,000 people each year — based on pre-event ticket sales, everyone is expecting a sizable crowd eager to see what the RV industry has to offer for 2022.

“It’s been kind of amazing,” she said. “When we canceled it last year, there was a lot disappointment from people on social media. And then this year it’s been, ‘I can’t wait to come! We missed it last year; we’ll be there!’ So, it’s very uplifting to see those kinds of comments from people. So, yeah, I think there’s definitely a lot of people who have been waiting for this. That’s a great thing to see.