Campground Owners Work Booths at RV Show
In preparation for the upcoming summer season, the 2012 RV and Boat Show took anchor at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W. Va., to showcase a wide array of recreational activities.
Jeff Scott, show coordinator, said the show catered to a wide demographic.
“This is a record-breaking year for vendors,” Scott told The Parthenon, the student newspaper at Marshall University. “There is plenty going on here for everyone to get into. Obviously, college-age students can’t afford a $75,000 RV, but there are activities here they can participate in.”
Charles Dameron, owner of the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground in Ashland, Ky., said visitors could do more than just camp at KOA.
“At my location, we have swimming pools, fishing, mini golf and cornhole tournaments,” Dameron said. “We are going to be adding a basketball court and a dance club will come to our site and instruct campers on different types of dance. We are open all year long.”
Dameron said about 25,000 to 30,000 people visit the Ashland campground each year.
Sheila Andrews, co-owner of the Huntington Fox Fire KOA campground, said her campground offers similar activities as the Ashland KOA site.
“We also have ‘banana bikes’ to rent and a game room,” Andrews said. “Another activity we offer is catch-and-release fishing, with no fishing license requirement. Every campsite also has its own fire ring.”