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Bangor Camping Show to feature RVs, equipment and grizzlies

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
People check tents displayed by Epic Sports at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center during the Camping and RV Show in Bangor on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — After a two-year hiatus, the Bangor Camping and RV Show will be back at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center for the 23rd time this weekend.

Dexter Osborn’s “A Grizzly Experience” show, which features an adult grizzly bear and two cubs, will debut in Maine as the highlight of the three-day show, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday and runs until 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bass Park Director Mike Dyer said he’s excited to have the show, featuring dealers and businesses specializing in recreational vehicles, as well as camping and outdoor equipment and supplies from all over New England and the East Coast. Campground and recreational area representatives will also be present.

“The co-op money the dealers get from manufacturers to help defray the cost for shows like this dried up, so they weren’t doing as many,” explained Dyer. “I’ll be honest, it was a struggle to put it together this year, but Webb’s RV Center [in Bangor] and McKay’s RV and Marine Center [in Bar Harbor] were very enthusiastic about it and took an aggressive role in helping us organize it.”

Dyer said the show has routinely attracted 1,800 to 3,000 people per year.

Admission is $5 for adults with children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. The show runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

A main prize drawing will be held for a deluxe camping package including a four-person tent, North Face sleeping bags, ground pads, folding chairs, backpacks and gift certificates — all worth more than $1,000.

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