Hundreds of RVs.

Hordes of anxious would-be brides.

Muscle cars.

Fully furnished luxury homes.

And, oh yeah, three roller coasters.

January marks the start of the busy season at the ginormous I-X Center in Cleveland. There are 13 shows lined up from now until June 9.

But this number pales in comparison to the number of RVs that line up in the parking lot of the Expo Center on the edge of Hopkins International Airport in preparation for the Ohio RV Show that kicks off the show season.

Mike Davis, one of those behind the scenes at the I-X Center making all this possible, said the real challenge is not so much coordinating getting everything in and out, but rather keeping the 1.5 million feet of show floor space spotless.

The biggest enemy is snow-covered vehicles that have to be brought through the giant hangar doors. And there are planes to that have to be brought in too, for the Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama in mid-March.

Davis said it takes careful planning months ahead with organizers of each show to make sure everything is in place -- like the markings on the floor -- to ensure each booth and display is in the right spot.

"We do a lot of homework before each show," he said.

All this coordination is needed as the shows employ hundreds of workers and a 24/7 schedule to ensure one show is dismantled in time for the next one to start, as in the case of the RV show making room for the Progressive Insurance Mid-America Boat Show and NARI Home Improvement Show occupying separate spaces the following weekend.

"The RVs are moving out as the boats are rolling in," said I-X Center spokesperson Claire Anter.

Over the next few months, tens of thousands of visitors will make their way around the massive show floor to look at everything from brand-new car models to ceramics to scuba gear to plants.

All of the old favorites are back this season, Antler said, but they are particularly excited about the Indoor Amusement Park in late March and April, as it will feature three roller coasters this go-around.

"There is something for everybody," she said.

One of the coasters is brand new, and will make its way from a show in Florida to Cleveland with about four days to spare, Anter said: "This will be a bit of a challenge."

The following is a listing of the shows this year at the I-X Center.

 

Ohio RV Supershow (Jan. 9-13)

The show features the latest RVs and gear from Northeast Ohio dealers and is the nation's largest indoor recreational vehicle show. This is the 43rd year for the show. Admission is $13 for adults. For more, visit ohiorvshow.com.

 

Progressive Cleveland Boat Show (Jan. 17-21)

The boat show features exhibitors related to fishing, sailing, cruising, skiing and wakeboarding. Tickets are $14. For more, visit clevelandboatshow.com.

 

NARI Home Improvement Show (Jan. 17-20)

The home show is in its 38th year, offering help to homeowners to update, renovate, redesign, modernize and spruce up their homes. There will be special guest appearances including DIY Network's Mike Holmes. For more including ticket information, visit remodelohio.org.

 

Progressive International Motorcycle Show (Jan. 25-27)

The touring motorcycle show rolls in hundreds of street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs. For more including ticketing information, visit motorcycleshows.com.

 

Today’s Bride Bridal Show (Jan. 26-27)

Billed as the biggest bridal show in the state, it promises more than 250 exhibitors. For more, visit TodaysBride.com.

 

The Great Big Home and Garden Show (Feb. 1-10)

The rite of spring features more than 600 exhibitors to help renew, refresh and restore a home. The show features gardens to wander through, tiny homes and even standard-size homes to check out. There are also experts from popular home and cooking shows who make appearances.

 

Cleveland Golf and Travel Show (Feb. 15-17)

The show highlights golf equipment and apparel.  There are demo golf ranges and simulators along with tips from the pros. Tickets are $12; visit clevelandgolfandtravelshow.com.

 

Cleveland Auto Show (Feb. 22-March 3)

Check out concept, pre-production and production vehicles from auto manufacturers. The show covers some 1.2 million square feet. Admission is $14; for more visit clevelandautoshow.com.

 

Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama (March 15-17)

This marks the  show's 53rd year in Cleveland. It is billed as the largest indoor show of custom cars, trucks, antique construction equipment, motorcycles, tractors, planes, military equipment and the like in the world. Admission is $20; for more visit pistonpowershow.com.

 

I-X Indoor Amusement Park (March 29-April 22)

The indoor amusement park boasts dozens and dozens of rides and attractions covering some 20 acres. You'll find carnival food and games, and shows including the Sea Lion Splash Show, Gossamer Magic, Amazing Giants and Jungle Terry’s Traveling Zoo. Tickets are $25; for more visit ixamusementpark.com.

 

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo (April 4-6)

This show offers tips on sewing and quilts. For more, visit sewingexpo.com.

 

Ceramics Expo (April 30-May 1)

Advance registration is required for this industry-focused show. For more, visit ceramicsexpousa.com.

 

Today’s Bride Wedding Show

The bridal show makes a return visit on June 9. For more, visit TodaysBride.com.

 

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547.