Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

July 11, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

Online promotion for upcoming music event at Sparks America Campground



FUN PR, a new creative PR agency dedicated to creating cool events to help fund local needs, will launch the first OKWOODSTOCK Music & Camping Festival this summer. This effort, also known as “Camp4Moore, is designed to be a statewide event and will take place on Aug. 3r-4 at Sparks America Campgrounds in Sparks.

OKWOODSTOCK will feature 27 of the most popular Oklahoma bands/artist all on one stage throughout a 24- hour period.

OKWOODSTOCK13 will also include an eclectic assortment of food vendors, outdoor bars, environmental friendly clothing vendor, Kynd Clothing, art by The Society (The Plaza District), a morning yoga session hosted by Barre3 Midtown — which uses a combined method of yoga, pilates, and ballet — overnight camping, and a campfire after-party in the woods with a DJ (The Wuwus).

Sparks America Campgrounds is a fully equipped campground known for hosting the best parties for thousands of visitors who want to experience the great outdoors. The campground is an oasis comprised of over 100 acres of rolling land in Sparks,which is an hour away from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater.


From a news release:

Spectrum has expanded its insurance program for RV parks and resorts to attract RV parks and resorts across the country. In California, Spectrum will grow via its Western states based agencies, exclusively for short term stay RV communities.

In Florida, the Gulf States and Eastern Seaboard, Spectrum continues to add Wind/CAT capacity to its property program, especially important in light of the coming hurricane season. Spectrum is seeking to grow in this and has identified numerous states across the U.S. that it looks to expand into. As of June 1, the company has addressed any surplus lines filings/licensing issues, is seeking new agents in all states and aggressively expanding the program to all lower 48 states.

Spectrum Wholesale is the exclusive distributor/program manager of a national insurance program for manufactured housing communities, RV parks, mobile home dealers and related industries. The RV parks and resorts program has been operational since 1998.


From a news release:

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the award of $86 million in state and federal grants that will build parks and boating facilities, maintain backcountry trails and off-road vehicle access, improve the safety of archery and firearm ranges, conserve farmland and protect wildlife habitat.

The grants, which are awarded through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, will be given to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, tribes and non-profit organizations for work in 34 of the state’s 39 counties.


From the Daily Telegram, Adrian:

A woman was killed after a large maple tree fell on her tent late Saturday (July 6) at Hayes State Park, according to authorities.

Cambridge Township Police Chief Larry Wibbeler said Monday that a large maple tree broke off at the ground and fell on the top of a tent, which was occupied by Mary Hickling, 39, of Lincoln Park.

Neither of Hickling’s two children, ages 7 and 11, was injured. Hickling’s husband was sitting by the campfire at the time of the incident and also escaped injury.

Several campers came to Hickling’s assistance and rendered first aid and helped clear away tree debris from the tree fall. Hickling was pronounced dead later Sunday at ProMedica Herrick Hospital.

Hayes State Park manager Jim O’Brien said Monday the park, which was nearly filled to capacity, remained open through the course of the investigation, which continues at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and park level. He said the tree appeared healthy from the outside and showed no signs of rotting or distress.

“The maple tree had no signs of problems,” he said, adding the weather was also favorable at the time of the incident.

“The family remains in our thoughts and prayers,” O’Brien said.


From a news release:

The Country Coach Friends Inc. Club (CCFI), a fast-growing international chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), announced its 2014 events schedule with rallies in Louisiana and Oregon planned.

“A motorcoach rally is the perfect place for coach owners, RV-related businesses and suppliers, and other vendors to join up for five days of fun, friendship and mutual enjoyment of this great motorcoaching lifestyle,” said CCFI President Jerry O’Connor in a press release. “Country Coach Friends was founded on friendship and we extend an open invitation to all motorcoach owners (and vendors) to attend a CCFI event.”

During CCFI rallies, attendees are presented with informative technical seminars about their coach and it systems along with entertainment, meals and many other scheduled events. A vendor display offers many shopping opportunities, and there is usually a sales coach display for those shopping for a new motorhome.

Rally dates and locations for 2014 include:

  • March17-21, Cajun Palms RV Resort in Beau Bridges, La.
  • Aug. 4-8, Linn County Events Center, Albany, Ore.

For information call (775) 742-4627, email or visit


From the Press-Citizen, Iowa City:

James Yoder, The McPunk Brothers and Bob Black will present the 27th annual Kalona Bluegrass Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 12-14) at Windmill Ridge Campground, 2 miles south and 1 mile west of Kalona.

Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Keith Yoder also will host the following workshops Friday:

• From 9 to 11 a.m., there will be a class on Flatpicking Guitar.

• A Bluegrass Mandolin lesson will be given from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a Bluegrass Banjo Workshop.

Admission is $10 Friday, $14 Saturday (after 5 p.m., $10) and $5 Sunday. Kids younger than 4 are free. Each workshop is $30 paid in advance.


From VOCM, St. John’s:

A proposal for a campground on Blackhead Road has been shot down.

St. John’s City Council members decided Monday (July 8)  that while a campground is sorely needed, the proposed site on Blackhead Road would prove to be too much of a headache for residents. Traffic and noise were two big factors. Some councillors went so far as to say it could be hazardous.

Councillor Wally Collins says with only 150 residents in the area, they could be outnumbered by partying campers. And, he says, it could be a fire hazard. He says there’s only one way out, and fire could be a disaster. While she believes there’s not much of a case for traffic and noise, Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff agrees that fire is a major concern. She says fire is the biggest concern, otherwise she would have voted for the campground.


From the Bradenton Herald:

Five mobile homes in Tropic Isles RV Park were heavily damaged by a tornado that touched down around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Palmetto.

Residents John and Nancy Kadlick were watching television when the storm rambled through their home in Palmetto.

“I saw it swirling around (while I was) in the house,” said Nancy Kadlick, who said she dreamt two nights before about a tornado touching down in the neighborhood.

The damage to the Kadlicks’ home in the 55-plus community was so severe it caused the couple and two of their next-door neighbors to find another place to stay.

The Kadlicks’ home sustained heavy damage to the roof and a side wall.

“It had a little crackling sound, then I looked up, and the roof was gone,” said John Kadlick. He said the storm lasted about 30 seconds.


From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announced Wednesday that campground and cabin improvements at Letchworth and Hamlin Beach state parks are nearly complete.

These improvements were sponsored through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Works Initiative, which has committed $179 million in funding since 2012 to rehabilitate dozens of state parks and historic sites across the state.

Improvements include a $2.8 million project to upgrade Hamlin Beach’s 50-year-old electric system, and a new water system at Letchworth that will connect the park to the village of Castile’s municipal water supply.

These new amenities will be available for visitors for the remainder of the peak season, which ends in late August, Harvey said.




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