New Hampshire Association Marks 50th Anniversary
The New Hampshire Campground Owners Association (NeHaCa) and Vermont Campground Association (VCA) met Oct. 29-31 for their annual Twin State Conference at the Indian Head Resort, a 1920s-resort in Lincoln, N.H. This year’s event celebrated NeHaCa’s 50th anniversary.
Seventy-five people representing 35 campgrounds attended along with 13 exhibitors.
Bob MacKinnon, MacKinnon Campground Consulting, a certified park operator, gave two presentations. Other speakers included Laurie Haronrose, travel and tourism expert, who shared a message from the Division of Travel and Tourism, and Kyle Lombard with the Division of Forest and Land, who talked about the problem with campers bringing their own firewood to campgrounds. Due to Asian Longhorn Beetles in Massachusetts, the state of New Hampshire does not allow any outside firewood.
Maryanne Adams, chairwoman of hospitality and tourism from the New Hampshire Technical College in Concord, spoke on how to best handle upset customers.
The NeHaCa also sponsored a presentation by Nancy Comeau with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on how to deal with bears.
The association honored State Rep. Herbert Richardson for his role in helping to successfully repeal the 9% tax on New Hampshire campgrounds.
Six Gun City, an amusement park owned and operated by NeHaCa member Tom Brady (Fort Jefferson Campground in Jefferson), invited everyone to the campground’s Spooktackular event for free.
“Tom promised us a scary evening complete with fireworks so we decided to take a chance and leave the comfort of the Indian Head Resort for a little while on Saturday for Halloween excitement,” Pitman said.
A campground tour on Sunday included Lafayette Place, Franconia Notch; Ammonoosuc, Twin Mountain; Beach Hill Campground, Twin Mountain; and the group also toured a large Christmas tree farm.
Board elections included Steve Hurst, president, Sacko River Camping Area, North Conway; David Redfearn, vice president, Old Stage Campground, Dover; Anne Boles, secretary, Bethel Woods Campground, Holderness; and Neil Emerson, Emerson’s Camping Area, Hamstead.