Outdoor enthusiasts go shopping at the recreational show

By Beau Ebenezer

March 2, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Boats, RVs, and the famous Grandpa Crachet were among the many sites at the Peoria Civic Center Saturday morning.

More than 100 RV's and 20 boats were on display, attracting outdoor-lovers from across Central Illinois.

One admirer even made the trip on a "special day"

"I wanted to come here for my birthday and see the RV's," said Germantown Hills resident, Sean Mullins. "I just wanted to spend some quality time, see if something might happen, and maybe get an RV for my birthday."

Many took an interest in the various campers, while others dipped their feet in some brand new boats.

Retired Kewanee residents Roger and Jean Huggins toured the RV displays and shopped around so they can enjoy their retirement with some friends who live across the country.

"We've been planning on traveling down there to see them," Roger Huggins said. "We want to see what is available. When you're this age, you can do what you want to do and when you want to do it."

Organizers said they are not surprised with the massive turnout because of the evolution of the camping industry.

"People don't understand what camping has become," said event coordinator, Dennis Johnston. "When everyone used to think of camping they immediately thought of a tent and a rainstorm that made you float on your air mattress. However, camping has come a long ways."

With more than one hundred different options to choose from, now the only question for vacation goers is, where to?

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