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November 2018
 

 


Melbourne Leisurefest

Melbourne Leisurefest visitors

Over 32,000 visitors flock to show

Overwhelming success as leisurefest goes to the dogs

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THIS year's Melbourne Leisurefest attracted over 32,000 visitors, organisers have revealed.

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria said sunshine across the whole four-day event added to everyone's enjoyment while viewing the best the industry had to offer.

"Once again it was an overwhelming success and enticed some outdoor adventurers to attend who would not normally do so," association chief executive Rob Lucas commented.

"The stable of exhibitors continues to improve and become more diverse every event.

Dr Warren with a trio of furry visitors at the Melbourne Leisurefest

Dr Warren with a trio of furry visitors at the show

"This year in particular we noticed and appreciated the extra effort they went to in order to give our visitors the best possible day out."

Mr Lucas said that with 70 percent of caravanners and campers travelling with pets these days, plus positive consumer feedback from allowing dogs to attend last year's Melbourne Leisurefest, all the association's events were now dog friendly.

More than 220 exhibitors showcased their products ranging from camping accessories to luxury motorhomes valued at over $300,000.

Celebrity speakers Dr Katrina Warren and Merv Hughes were crowd favourites with large numbers enjoying Dr Warren's presentation on travelling with pets.

A display of vintage caravans was very popular with many visitors taking a trip down memory lane to eras long forgotten.

The Go Make Some Memories Passport to Freedom competition was as popular as ever, with the Bowens of Berwick taking home the major prize of $5000 for their next outdoor adventure from the Caravan Industry Association Victoria.

Other winners, all from Victoria, were:

2nd: A Blanch Pakenham.
3rd: L Daniel Clyde North.
4th: V Stevens Beaconsfield
5th: M Rogers Seaford.
6th: B Taljaard Wheelers Hill.

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