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NCA Planning 25th Great Escape With VCA
This year, the Northeast Campground Association’s 25th Great Escape will be Sept. 9-11 at Lone Pine Campsites in Vermont, and hosted by the Vermont Campground Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Since 1990, each September a different state association within NCA hosts the Great Escape, which is an end-of-season gathering for participants, and create a schedule of events to highlight that area of their state for all in attendance.
“The Great Escape began many years ago as a way for campground owners to get away toward the end of their busy summer camping season with others in the industry and discuss the needs of their regional association to grow and thrive,” said NCA Executive Director Cyndy Zbierski, adding that the first NCA Great Escape was held at Camp Taylor Campground in New Jersey.
With the help of generous sponsors including participating campgrounds, Zbierski said the attendance fee is always nominal and most often free camping is included at the host campground.
“Currently attendees from all nine states within NCA have registered and all are looking forward to catching up with friends,” she said. “Registrations are still coming in daily by phone, fax and email. Each year the Great Escape attracts on average 85-100 participants.”
In addition to the Vermont Campground Association, the NCA is comprised of the similar associations of the following states: New York, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
This year, the Vermont Campground Association and its Great Escape Committee, led by Executive Director Peter Daniels, have prepared a showcase of Vermont’s products and places.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing what Vermont has to offer to our northeast friends,” Daniels said, mentioning the itinerary includes tours of Grand Isle State Park, Hackett’s Orchards, Snow Farm Winery, Shelburne camping area and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. On Wednesday night will be a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
“Although we do have a meeting of the NCA Board of Directors, which campgrounds owners are invited to, this is a social time to kick back and relax after what was hopefully a successful summer,” Daniels said.
Bradd Rubman, owner of Lone Pine Campsites, said he was looking forward to hosting the event at his campground.
“The primary reason is because I believe the northwest region of Vermont is an absolutely outstanding area to visit,” Rubman said. “With our proximity to Burlington and Lake Champlain, we are able to provide a great Vermont cultural experience with a backdrop that is truly special. Those that haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Burlington area will be pleasantly surprised with all that we offer.”
For more information, visit campnca.com.