54th Sportsmen’s Vacation & RV Show Covers Maps To Motor Homes

Feb. 23-26

No matter what you are looking for in the way of outdoor fun and comfort, chances are pretty good it can be found at the 54th Annual Arizona Sportsmen’s Vacation & RV Show set for Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 23-26 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza, 111 N. Third St. in downtown Phoenix.

The state’s largest display of the latest in mobile outdoor living, vacation and RV resorts, will feature everything from camper shells to huge motor homes as well as outdoor-oriented features and seminars and plenty of information.

Show hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for juniors (ages 7 through 12). Children 6 and under will be admitted free of charge. Discount coupons will be available at Phoenix-area 7-Eleven stores and at www.greenband.com.

According to Show Producer Jon Greenband, Arizona’s outdoor season is about to get under way, and the show — which was started by his father Edward Greenband, in 1951 — is a perfect place to check out not only the latest the RV industry has to offer, but also maps and information on where to enjoy the use of a tent trailer, fifth-wheel rig, or a backpack.

"The industry is manufacturing lighter-weight camping vehicles to accommodate owners who prefer the smaller, more efficient sport-utility vehicles, pickups, and automobiles," said Greenband. "There will be plenty of these mileage-minded rigs in the show."

These days, most outdoor-oriented people want to bring along their "toys" during their outings, and there will be plenty of "toy haulers" on display. The toys can range from trail bikes (motorized as well as non-motorized) to all-terrain vehicles.

Most haulers feature lightweight construction and a tailgate that doubles as a ramp for easy loading and unloading.

A Live Action Trout River, complete with live fish, will be featured along with fly-casting and tying demonstrations. Also Reptile Adventures, a virtual reptile zoo, will present shows each day.

A 1,300 square-foot park model will be featured at the four-day event. Booths offering destination information for campgrounds, trails, RV resorts, lakes and other recreation spots will also be highlighted at the show.

Show attendees will also be treated to a variety of seminars, trained dog performances, and other items of interest to the outdoor-loving public.

For more information, call (602) 230-7660.