March 24, 2011
It could be a welcome boost to the state economy -- an event to bring in millions of dollars to Kansas. An international RV convention is considering Hutchinson to be its host.
Management at the state fairgrounds have been making a push to attract the event, which first made its appearance in Hutchinson in 2002. The 2002 event brought in around 4,700 RV's. It's a week the owner of the Anchor Inn restaurant in Hutchinson remembers well.
"They would call in and say, 'Hey this is so-and-so, we're coming in with 25 people.' And that went on Monday through the weekend," said Anchor Inn owner Greg Flores.
The event made a multimillion dollar impact on Hutchinson, and the state, as travelers stopped across Kansas on their way to the convention. That's why the fairgrounds wants to bring it back.
"It's a competitive process, and so we know there are others out there. We don't know who, but we know we're up against some folks so we're trying to put the best foot forward that we can," said Kansas State Fair General Manager Denny Stoecklein.
The State Fair is hoping to host the summer 2013 event, which is expected to bring in up to 3,000 RV's, and 6,000 people, from every corner of the continent. And all those people would also attract out-of-town vendors.
"I know in 2002 virtually every hotel room in Hutchinson and the surrounding area was filled, and so there's a great impact there as well," said Stoecklein.
The Family Motor Coach Association is expected to make a preliminary decision next month, on where it will hold the convention.