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October 26, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment



Kentucky state park restaurants are preparing for one of the busiest days of the year – Thanksgiving Day.

The Thanksgiving Day buffet will be served Nov. 22 at all 17 resort park restaurants, a tradition for the parks and many families across Kentucky.

“Enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday at a Kentucky state park is a great way to enjoy a family tradition,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “The food and atmosphere are great, and all of our parks provide a relaxing place for this family holiday.”

The buffet will include soups, cheeses and salads for starters. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. Vegetables include old fashioned candied yams, country-style green beans and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. There will be a variety of desserts, including pecan pie and pumpkin pie.

The cost for the buffet will be $18.49 plus tax (drink included) for adults; $8.49 for children ages 6-12; and children 5 and under are free.

The buffet will operate from noon to 8 p.m. For more information about state parks and other park events, including discounts and special offers on lodge rooms and cottages, visit



Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales plummeted 55.6% in August while registrations were down 6.6% for the eight months. Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Grand Rapids, Mich., reported that data for the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba are incomplete.

Forest River Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader through August, capturing a 24% market share, followed by Thor Industries Inc. (22.3%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (14.1%).

August Class A registrations dropped 48.1% from the year prior and declined 8.2% year-to-date. Thor was No. 1 in the category for the first eight months with a 23.8% market share, ahead of Fleetwood RV Inc. (16%) and Winnebago (14.9%).

In the Class C segment, sales fell 64.4% for August and 5.1% for the eight months. Forest River held the No. 1 spot year-to-date with a 35.7% market share followed by Thor (20.9%) and Winnebago (13.4%).

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).


From the Marshalltown Times-Republican:

Marshalltown Parks and Recreation is looking into making wireless Internet access available at Riverview Park.

The plan is still in the investigative stage, and the department has yet to establish whether such an initiative is feasible either from a logistical or financial standpoint.

Terry Gray, parks and recreation director, said she would like to see the entire park have Wi-Fi, but at the very least, it would prove an asset for the areas surrounding the campground. The router would be in the park’s shelter house.

“If it would be a draw or attract more campers,” she said. “Why not look into it?”

Sherry Anrtzen, executive officer with the State Parks Bureau, said Wi-Fi access has not really caught on at state parks throughout the state.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board discussed the prospect of adding wireless to the park at its Oct. 17 meeting.

“There might be delineation for generations in what might be an amenity and value,” she said.

According to a 2011 study commissioned by the Wi-Fi Alliance, 56% of those born between 1980 and 2000 consider wireless access to be a necessity.

The advisory board meets again Nov. 28, and Gray said it would likely discuss the situation then when more details are available



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