RV, Camping and Outdoor Show is welcome escape from winter

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s an escape from this arctic blast inside the Big E. This weekend, it’s all about summer fun. For 52 years now, volunteers have organized the Springfield RV Camping and Outdoor Show, which is the largest of its kind in the Northeast.

“Everyone has cabin fever right now. I know we just got a foot of snow and I know you guys did down here too so we’re excited to be here at the show and talking about how spring is right around the corner,” said Linda Mailhot of Seacoast RV in Saco, Maine.

Thirty vendors and representatives from 100 campgrounds lure an average of 35-thousand annual guests to promises of summer sunshine at their tables.

“I know personally I was out 5:30 yesterday morning in a bucket loader and I’m looking forward to like a lot of people leaving soon and maybe making the trip to Florida or springtime in New England,” Marc LaBrecque, President of Diamond RV told 22News.

Families from as far away as the Midwest, Vermont and New York braved the snow on the roads to come here and think about warmer things, like eating outdoors in the summer.

“I got off the phone with a couple from Long Island. They’re going to come up and just wanted to make sure we’re open for business and we sure are,” said this year’s chairwoman, Joan Nadeau.

“We find campgrounds to camp at, have a chance to win free weekends at a lot of them, so, and we won free tickets here today,” Michelle Thompson told 22News. She traveled from Brattleboro, Vermont with her husband, son and daughter-in-law to check out the show.

They come to plan vacations, but entering the warm Big E from the snow is a vacation in itself.

Tickets are $10 at the door, but you can find discounts and more informtion here.

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