Chicago Boat, RV, and Outdoor Show to inhance RV Pavillion

Everyone loves going to the Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoor Show and there’s no doubt that if you’re in the market for a new boat, RV, or planning a summer vacation, the “Boat Show” is the place to visit. 

It’s the largest outdoor show in all of Chicagoland and you have save the date for this one. 

As a matter of fact, The Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show, co-hosted by Jim DaRosa, Ray Ludkevicz and yours truly will be doing a live broadcast of our outdoor show from the Chicago Boat Show on opening night, January 12, 2011 fom 6:30 to7:30 PM.  Stop by as we may have some free prizes to give away.

Check out this press release received from the NMMA…

Chicago, Ill. (August 11, 2010) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today it is joining forces with Affinity Events to produce the 81st annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show in order to strengthen the depth and breadth of the RV Pavilion at the largest outdoors show in the Midwest.

“We’re pleased to partner with Affinity Events and combine our strengths in the boating and recreational vehicle industries to produce an outstanding event for Midwestern outdoorsmen,” said Ben Wold, executive vice president of NMMA. “Our partnership will allow the 2011 show to offer the best of both industries and will contain significantly more boating and RV product, features, events and seminars than in recent years – becoming a must-attend for both outdoor industry companies and enthusiasts.”

 Affinity Events has agreed to oversee all aspects of the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show’s RV Pavilion, which will consist of more than 100,000 sq. ft. of a myriad of RV models from the region’s leading RV dealers, plus exhibits of campground destinations, RV products and accessories. There will also be a variety of RV-related features, seminars and entertainment.

“We’ve worked with NMMA on several projects in the past, and we look forward to forging a strong partnership with this event,” said Steve Hedlund, president of Affinity Media & Events. “Our goal is two-fold. We intend to strengthen the value provided to RV enthusiasts in the Chicago area by leveraging our knowledge and media assets in order to bring more RVs, product, information and education to the show. Furthermore, we’ll help exhibitors connect with their target audiences by aggressively tapping into the marketing power of our affiliated companies including the Good Sam Club, MotorHome, Trailer Life and Camping Life magazines in order to bring qualified buyers to the show.”

Affinity Events – a division of Affinity Group, Inc. – is the nation’s largest provider of outdoor recreation clubs, services, media and events. The company currently produces 21 RV shows throughout the United States.

The 2011 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will take place January 12 -16, 2011 at McCormick Place. For more information, visit

About NMMA

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit

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