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Seminars Scheduled for Louisville RV Show

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry will gather for the 50th anniversary of RVIA’s National RV Trade Show on Nov. 27–29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the industry’s premier trade event will feature 61 manufacturers and 215 supplier exhibitors showcasing the latest RV models, innovative new products and RV-related services across more than 712,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 8,000 RV industry executives, including RV dealers, warehouse distributors,... Read more

Fore Reflects on Time as RVIA's Chairman

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Gregg Fore Editor’s Note: The following is a letter from Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Gregg Fore that appeared in the latest issue of RVIA Today. As I write this I realize that this will be my last article to our membership as RVIA Chairman of the Board. The past 12 years as a member of the board of directors, including serving that last two years as the association’s chairman, have been especially rewarding and meaningful to me in many, many ways. I cannot tell you... Read more

Idaho Rolling Out Cheaper Park 'Passport'

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Idaho's new $10 annual “Passport” to all 30 of its state parks and recreation areas will go on sale Monday, three months earlier than planned. The new Passport replaces the current $40 annual pass, and will be available at all Idaho county Department of Motor Vehicle offices, where, if they choose, Idahoans can add on the $10 pass when they register their vehicles each year. “It's a bargain any way you look at it,” said state Parks Director Nancy Merrill, who initiated the program... Read more

Myrtle Beach Park Hosts Halloween Events

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Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be holding two Halloween events on Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. According to a press release, both weekends will feature an identical schedule, full of traditional activities and entertainment such as pumpkin carvings, costume contests (human and pet), a magic show, and trick or treating in a safe and inviting atmosphere. "The world has changed so much since we were kids. It's nice to know that there are still places where you can... Read more

Yurts Gain Popularity at N.C. Campground

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When many think of camping, they don't usually think of coffee pots or air conditioning, but as it turns to fall, many campers are looking to camp luxuriously. FOX Carolina reported that "glamping" is becoming a very popular way to travel, allowing people to get into the outdoors without losing the comforts of home or a hotel. Some find camping in a basic, two-person tent ideal while others find the whole process frustrating, so they are turning to a new, more comfortable outdoor shelter... Read more

Schmarder, Pelland Release Marketing Book

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Evanne Schmarder of Roadabode Productions and Peter Pelland of Pelland Advertising announced the release of their book, "Unconventional Wisdom Works – 25 Marketing Strategies to Build Your Outdoor Recreation Business Today." According to a press release, readers will find over 200 pages of proven marketing techniques ranging from identifying target markets to Google Analytics to today's most popular social media platforms. With chapters outlining cutting-edge tech tools, the book... Read more

Blood Tests Could Offer Hantavirus Clues

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Public health officials have begun examining blood samples and questionnaire results from dozens of Yosemite National Park workers who volunteered for a study designed to shed light on an unprecedented outbreak of deadly hantavirus. Reuters reported that this week's screening, which involved 96 workers, is the latest effort by officials to uncover clues about the rare, mouse-borne lung disease that has infected at least nine park visitors and killed three since June. "This is a unique opportunity... Read more

Mich. Facing Fight on Belle Isle Park Issue

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Covered in green and surrounded by the slow, flowing waters of the Detroit River, the 975-acre Belle Isle is perhaps Michigan's best-known park not run by the state. The Associated Press reported that Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder want to change that, but their plan to turn Belle Isle into Michigan's 102nd state park has met resistance from some officials with the cash-strapped city. City Council members chastised the Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials this... Read more

Georgia Farming out Lodging at Two Parks

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Visitors to see the fall leaves at two of Georgia’s most popular state parks will find the lodging there under the operation of a private contractor next autumn under a proposal approved Wednesday by the Board of Natural Resources. The Augusta Chronicle reported that Unicoi State Park near Helen will be managed by Coral Hospitality, starting Nov. 1, and the company takes the reins of Amicalola Falls State Park near Dawsonville the next month as part of the board’s strategy for making state parks... Read more

Inaugural Jimmy Fund Campout a Success

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The Jimmy Fund means many different things to many people. For the Garrett family of Leominster, Mass., and 200 fellow campers, it meant a recent weekend at Foxboro's Normandy Farms Campground as part of a new pilot program simply called the Jimmy Fund Campout. The campout was held at four New England campgrounds Sept. 14-16 in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. All funds generated from the first-time camping event benefited both the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Since... Read more

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