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RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 15, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

TEXAS

From the Montgomery County News:

The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest and most acclaimed festival of its kind, celebrated the completion of phase one of updates to the Fields of New Market Campground on June 1 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Amongst those in attendance were representatives from the Navasota & Grimes County, Magnolia, and Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chambers of Commerce.

The Texas Renaissance Festival did not disappoint attendees as the sights, sounds, tastes and beauty of the 16th Century were on full display at the newly constructed campgrounds convenience store, where the ceremony was held. As the festival piper played his bagpipes, Magnolia Mayor Todd Kana and other attendees had the chance to interact up close and personal with festival characters such as The King, Queen Juana of Spain, King Philip the Handsome and Blackheart the Pirate.

General Manager Terre Albert provided an outline of phase one’s new additions, of which includes a new campground entrance, potable water, 100 new acres of land, a quiet family zone, premium parking for campers, new camping store and flushing toilets. Renderings of phases two and three were on display for attendees to see what the future holds for the campgrounds. Following the ribbon cuttings, attendees were invited to talk with the characters, have lunch and take a private tour of the new campgrounds.

The Fields of New Market Campground will be open every festival weekend from Fridays at 10 a.m. to Mondays at 9 a.m. To learn more about the Fields of New Market Campground, please visit www.texrenfest.com/trfcamping.

VIRGINIA

From TV3, Winchester:

Local campgrounds are accomodating Dominion employees during construction on a new plant in Warren County.

This has campground regulars and members unhappy.

North Fork Resort manager John Barnes did not want to go on camera, but said the campground’s Section B will be home to Dominion employees for the next 30 months.

The board president Richard Sullivan posted on the resort’s website that they will earn nearly $400,000 in revenue for renting campground to Dominion.

The Dominion Power Plant broke ground in May and is expected to bring more than 800 jobs to the area.

Representatives from Dominion said in May that their plant will boost revenue to the local economy, and this is just one example of that.

Click here to watch a brief video about this story.

COLORADO

From the Longmont Daily Times-Call:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a ban on open burning and private use of fireworks statewide because of the dry conditions and high fire danger.

“We’re not telling people not to go outside and enjoy the outdoors,” Hickenlooper said at an afternoon press conference. “We’re going to celebrate the Fourth of July.”

The ban does not apply to campfires in constructed, permanent fire pits in campground and recreation sites. Commercial, professional and municipal firework displays are allowed, if the county sheriff has given written approval.

Liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grills at private residences and controlled burns for agricultural or irrigation purposes are also still permitted under the ban.

While Hickenlooper said “we can’t outlaw the lightning,” the ban is in place, indefinitely, to prevent wildfires using a “uniformed approach.”

This year, he said, 344 wildfires have been reported in Colorado.

Hickenlooper said if conditions improve, the ban will be reconsidered for certain areas. At least 44 of Colorado’s 64 counties have a wildfire danger descriptions of “high,” “very high” or “extreme.”

“Counties can go further, they just can’t go back,” Eric Brown, the governor’s spokesman, said on the burn ban.

 

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