Rising Attendance at 2012 Reno Expo

"There's trailers and trucks and a fountain for your house. Everything is here," says Liz Margerum.

Margerum got more than she bargained at the 2012 Reno Expo. the photojournalist originally just came for the Pug Parade.

"Today we came to the Pug Parade and it was pretty much the most ridiculous and funny thing we've ever done," says Margerum.

Another crowd pleaser sat a couple booths down, Niko the spider monkey.

"They absolutely love him, even though they don't know what a handful he is, but he's good fun," says Sierra Safari Zoo Manager Jane Kisiel.

While the pet shows were one of the biggest draws, they were far from the only attraction. The four-part expo featured outdoor recreation, travel and vacation, spring home and garden, as well as off-road and motorsports.

"I'm trying to get the crowd to have a good time while they're out here. There's a ton of stuff going on, and everybody seems like they're having a great time," says professional Trials rider Jess Kempkes.

"You can see animals, you can see the boats, all kinds of stuff," says attendee Kirstin Warren.

In its 45th year, the expo enjoyed one of it's better turnouts with a 20% increase in attendance from 2011.

"We've seen the ups and downs of this business over the years and we're on the way up," says Lockett Inc. President Al Lockett.


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