THOUSANDS of keen campers flocked to Wagga's Leisurefest Roadshow over the weekend to bring back a taste of travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
People came from all across the region to explore the plethora of caravans, campers, accessories and more on offer at The Range Function Centre.
Lana Robertson made the trip from Lake Cargelligo to see if she could snag her next upgrade.
"Thankfully COVID-19 hasn't really interrupted travelling for us because we've always been big local campers which we've still been able to do," she said.
"We've come out here today though for a bit of an upgrade. At the moment we just have a tent so we're checking out some of the caravans now."
Geoff and Roslyn Molineaux were also keen to explore what the expo had to offer, with the Adelong couple saying they hadn't been able to travel since October, 2019.
"We normally go on a good trip once a year, but not since the pandemic," they said.
"We're just having a browse today though since we already have a caravan, but it's nice to get into the feel of it all again."
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"Friday actually doubled the numbers attending compared with last year, even with the heat and issues around COVID-19 so there's such a big feeling of excitement about it all," he said.
"Local dealers here have had fantastic sales and the accessories are basically selling out."
Jayco's RV Sales Manager Clark Thompson said they'd felt the boom, with manufacturers working at full capacity.
"More people are saving the money they would typically spend on an overseas holiday," he said.
"But the problem is, our products are manufactured in Melbourne and lockdowns there have meant getting the vans out to customers has been difficult, so there's a pretty long wait between purchase and ownership."
Those who may have missed out on this year's Leisurefest can rest assured the event will return next year after a successful 2021.