New Ohio Campground Offers Trapshooting
Campers can swim, fish, practice their trap shooting or just enjoy the country setting at the new Cardinal Center Campground just off I-70 at exit 140 near Marengo, Ohio, according to the Mount Vernon (Ohio) News.
The campground, which opened in May, has almost 300 full-service campsites and there are plans to increase the number to 450 in a year, said Jack Fishburn, co-owner. The site is also the home of the Cardinal Center Trapshooting facility. Trapshooting is a form of clay pigeon shooting.
The Ohio State Trapshooting Association’s annual tournament is held at the campground. Denise Aumend, Fishburn’s daughter, said about 5,500 shooters attended the June tournament.
Cardinal Center Campground also has a 1,900-square-foot indoor heated pool, as well as an entertainment center with rooms that can be rented for parties, gatherings or weddings, a small lake for fishing, and a large activity area for outdoor games. In addition to the campsites, there are nine standard cabins and 17 deluxe models.
Aumend said the campground grew out of the Ohio Country Music & RV Park, an 85-acre campground that closed several years ago. Jack and Karen Fishburn purchased the property in 2005. The campground’s parent company is Fishburn Services, which has several divisions including oil, excavating and construction services, as well as three auto centers.
Fishburn said he owned two adjacent properties and decided to purchase the old campgrounds, increasing the total acreage to 300.
“I thought we’d purchase it and make it family friendly,” he said.
Fishburn said he didn’t plan to turn the property into a camp when he purchased it. He originally planned to clean up the camp sites, but the new campground and trapshooting facility blossomed, as time went on. Soon after the purchase, the OSTA approached him about holding its annual state trapshooting tournament at the site.
In July 2006, the OSTA held its state shoot at the campground. Fishburn said he made a deal with the OSTA to put in additional campsites for shooters, and the success of the trapshooting inspired him and his wife to enlarge the campground. The old campground had less than 100 campsites. Now, about 200 acres are devoted to trapshooting; the rest is used for camping. He added that the sports shooting side of the business has been so successful, he plans to expand the trapshooting facility and add new features like an indoor pistol range, skeet shooting and rifle range.
Fishburn also said a large building at the site was renovated shortly after the purchase. It was converted into Hitter’s Headquarters, an indoor baseball training facility with batting cages and pitching mounds. He said the business is open between November and April and has been open for the last two winters.
Although the campground was open last year on a temporary campground license, Fishburn added, the campground license was given in May of this year and new campsites are being added all the time.