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14,100 drawn to Bendigo Leisurefest as CIA Vic focus on first Melbourne Showgrounds Supershow

November 26, 2014
14,100 drawn to Bendigo Leisurefest as CIA Vic focus on first Melbourne Showgrounds Supershow

For the fourth time in four years Bendigo's 13th annual Carvan and Camping Leisurefestdrew crowds near14,000.

Since 2011 total attendance figures are:

2011= 13,337.

2012 = 13,671.

2013 = 14,063.

2014 = 14,100.

Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) chief executive officer Robert Lucas said: This is the fourth time in five years that Leisurefest has topped 14,000 just the right number for a successful and enjoyable show..

Increased display space and new exhibitors gave a fresh new look to a show that people already love for its impressive range of exhibits and beautiful setting.

This year we had several show debuts, from caravans, campers and accessories to the new Kui Parks group of nomad-friendly caravan parks.

As usual, the seminars were extremely popular, with our presenters striking just the right balance of information and entertainment.

Rob Lucas said a sentimental highlight was the donation of $5,000 to Bendigo District RSL to support its welfare work for the veterans of all the conflicts in which Australians have served.

Our exhibitors all agreed there is no more worthy cause than the RSL, he said.

It was summed up by one who came up to the RSL president, Cliff Richards, simply said good on you and shook his hand it clearly meant a lot.

CIA Vic President Peter May presented the $5,000 cheque to Bendigo District RSL president Cliff Richards at Leisurefest on the Saturday.

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We're delighted to help the RSL with its welfare work, which shows our veterans in a very practical way that we appreciate what they have done for our country, he said.

The caravan industry is very much focused on improving family life, so it is appropriate to support an organisation that helps returned service men and women and their families.

Rob Lucas said CIA Vics focus now was on the Victorian Caravan Camping Touring Supershow, which moves to Melbourne Showgrounds for 2015 on the new dates of 11-16 February.

The RV Camping Leisurefest will return to Bendigo for 20-22 November 2015.

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