Tennessee Park Gets State, National Awards
Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, Tenn., was recently named the Small Park of the Year by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
The Daily Times, Maryville, reported that Big Meadow, which opened on May 22, 1995, is located on 14 acres that includes 78 level sites and storage facilities for 200 RVs.
Operating a campground is natural for owners Barbara and Malcolm Johnson and their son, Greg, who are avid life-long campers,
“This is a major accomplishment for us, a reward for 18 years of hard work,” Barbara Johnson said.
In addition to being named ARVC Small Park of the Year, Big Meadow was named Tennessee Campground of the Year, an honor the campground also won in 2005.
“We are honored to receive this outstanding recognition,” said Malcolm Johnson. “To win the coveted Park of the Year award against such excellent competition means so much to us.”
ARVC gives awards for Small Park of the Year for campgrounds with fewer than 100 sites.
A banker by trade, having worked at Blount National Bank, Malcolm Johnson retired from banking in 1995 when they opened the campground. The new vocation for the family was a natural fit.
“We’ve camped ever since our son was 6 months old," Barbara Johnson noted. "We always enjoyed camping. It’s a great family activity. We had a real special family of camping friends that camped together. The idea of Big Meadow was conceived around a campfire."
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