43rd NH Camping & RV Show set for Bedford

Camping provides some of the best opportunities to experience the great outdoors.

One of the best ways to get ready for your camping trips is to attend the 43rd annual New Hampshire Camping & RV Show at its new, larger location, the New Hampshire Sportsplex at 68 Technology Drive in Bedford.

The show, hosted by the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association, will run from 1-8 p.m. Friday, March 27; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 28; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

The show features a large selection of campgrounds, RV dealers and camping equipment; camping rental units; information on New Hampshire attractions, events and activities; and free educational seminars.

With about 92,000 square feet of exhibition space in two buildings, the show will feature more exhibitors than in previous years.

“This is the place to see the new 2015 RV and trailer models, and many of the vendors are offering show attendees special show prices,” said show manager Jeremy Sprince, NeHaCa’s assistant executive director.

Those planning a camping getaway can meet and get information from more than 50 campgrounds in New Hampshire and neighboring states and make reservations. Visitor information on statewide attractions will be available from the New Hampshire Department of Travel & Tourism, White Mountain Attractions and various New Hampshire regions at the show.

Free seminars will be presented by Bob Zagami, executive director of the New England RV Dealers Association.

The “First Time Buyers” seminar, at 2 and 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m., 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, is for those who may not yet own an RV and want to invest in one, or for RV owners who want to see what’s new.

The “Camping Without a Camper” seminar, at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, will highlight the camping and RV lifestyle and provide advice on how to enjoy campgrounds, destination rentals, park model trailers and motor-home rentals.

Paul A. Morehouse Jr., president of Big Daddy’s RV Sales & Service in Winchester, will take the floor on Sunday. Seminars topics will include how to “Get the Most Out of Your Holding Tank,” and things will be “seamed up” with an education class on roofs, slide-outs and sidewall seams. Seminars will be held at noon and 3 p.m.

The show will have fun activities for children, including a bounce house, face painting and photographs with the Woodland Animals. Clark’s Trading Post’s infamous Wolfman, the backwoods recluse who haunts the White Mountain Central Railroad, will be at the show all weekend. Radio station Rock 101 will broadcast live from 3-5 p.m. Friday.

Attendees can enter to win a regional adventure package that consists of gift certificates for free New Hampshire campsite accommodations and gift cards for entertainment, dining or recreational activities.

Admission is $10 (cash only) for adults and free for children 12 and younger (accompanied by a paid adult). Attendees receive $2 off their admission with a donation of two nonperishable food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Last year, NeHaCa collected 5,000 pounds of food to help the New Hampshire Food Bank.

For more information, visit ucampnh.com.