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The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Bledsoe Creek State Park will host a special music festival on Saturday. This event is free and open to the public.
“We are very excited to celebrate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary this year,” said Park Manager Wayne Bomar. “The music festival is a great time to gather with friends, enjoy a day of music and it is the perfect opportunity to thank the Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park for all their hard work and support.”
Featuring a repertoire of contemporary, gospel and folk, musical guests will include Garcia and Scott, Rick and Penny Roark of Union Hill, Day Seven and Flatbroke – a band whose roster includes several of Tennessee State Parks’ own park rangers and staff.
There will be a variety of concessions available to guests, along with a fund-raising auction and a special commemorative birthday cake. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Bledsoe Creek and the park’s ongoing programming and special events.
From SurfKY News, Madisonville, Ky.:
The Piney Campground will host the 39th Annual Camper’s Fair, Sept. 19-23. Piney Campground is located in Tennessee on the south end of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.
Piney Campground is open to the public at no admission fee, Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for the open house. Area dealers will provide displays of camping equipment, RVs and boats. Campers can bring arts and crafts to display at the flea market. Campers wishing to participate in the displays need to notify Piney Campground gatehouse staff upon entering the campground.
"The Camper’s Fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer,” said Derrick Washington, Piney Campground manager. “Campers can come out and have a great time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re considering getting into camping, it’s the perfect event to check out the different types of gear available.”
Piney Campground offers scenic lakefront and wooded sites, which accommodate tents and large motorhomes; sites range from primitive to full hook-up. Rustic camping shelters are available as well. Campers can enjoy Piney’s hiking and biking trails, ball courts and fields, playground, and pavilion. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. The campground also has two boat ramps, a fishing pier, a swimming beach, and bike and camping equipment rentals.
From the Boston Globe:
Three New England campgrounds will play host to the inaugural Jimmy Fund Campout, Sept. 14-16, to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The weekend will feature a scavenger hunt, and other outdoor activities.
Prices for the campout vary dependent upon your destination. Bayley's Camping Resort in Scarborough, Maine, Danforth Bay Camping Resort in Freedom, N.H., and Normandy Farms Campground in Foxborough, Mass., are the three campgrounds hosting the event.
For more information, to register, visit www.jimmyfundcampout.org, email JFCampout@dfci.harvard.edu, or call (800) 525-4669. For a limited time, use discount code FALLFUN at checkout to receive $10 off your registration.
From Vermont State Parks news release:
Every year Vermont State Parks awards park of the year honors to one park in each region. The purpose of the program is to acknowledge exemplary accomplishments of the parks field staff, as well as for the enhancement of public service-to make the parks better, more enjoyable place to recreate.
This year's winners are:
- Southwest: Branbury State Park.
- Northwest: Kill Kare State Park
- Northeast: Elmore State Park
- Southeast: Quechee State Park
From the Richmond County Daily Journal, Rockingham:
RV parks will be the topic of discussion at the Richmond County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments will hear requests for zoning two RV parks — one large and one small — on Sept. 11.
Travel Resorts of America on Sycamore Lane in Derby wants to rezone its property from Agricultural-Residential to Community Commercial. According to Planning and Zoning Director of GIS James Armstrong, the location is a large RV park.
The board also will hear a request made by Bruce Ray Jones of Sanford, who wants to develop and operate a six-site RV park on three acres located on Fox Road, about three-fourths of a mile from the Highway 177 intersection.
Jones has purchased the property, which is to be subdivided into six RV spaces near the front of the property. The rear portion of the property is being divided for a single family dwelling. Jones said he would like to create the park for supplemental income.
The board will decide whether to recommend the rezonings to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners, which would then amend the official Richmond County Zoning Map, if approved.
From The Associated Press:
North Dakota state parks are on pace to set a record for campers.
The Parks and Recreation Department says that through August, the 13 state parks recorded 60,469 camper nights, 2,638 more than at the same time in 2010. That year saw a record 62,769 camper nights.
The department also says that daily visitation at the parks should exceed a million people for the fourth year in a row.
State Parks Director Mark Zimmerman says the parks have made a remarkable recovery from widespread flooding last year.