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Jellystone Parks Fill Up Fast For Memorial Day

Flag salute with campers at Tyler, Texas

Patriotic parades with golf carts, bikes and pets are among the Memorial Day and Victoria Day weekend activities scheduled at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks Camp-Resorts across North America, according to a press release.

“Our franchisees typically sell out for Memorial Day and Victoria Day weekends, weeks or months in advance,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises 85 Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada.

Jellystone Parks typically host a wide range of activities for Memorial Day and Victoria Day weekends, from patriotic parades to competitive events. Here’s a sampling of what’s being planned at several Jellystone Park locations across North America:

Big Prairie (Holmes County), Ohio: Activities include a patriotic campsite decorating contest; a stars and stripes parade with golf carts, bikes and pets, as well as gaga ball, volleyball and corn hole tournaments. Servicemen and women are encouraged to come in uniform to attend the park’s memorial service. www.whisperinghillsjellystone.com

Gardiner, N.Y.: Activities include arts and crafts, a holiday pots and pans parade, adult horseshoes and cornhole tournaments and a barbecue dinner Saturday (May 26) night with live entertainment. www.lazyriverny.com

Harrisville, Pa.: Activities include a children’s craft, a dunk tank, a bean bag toss tournament, karaoke and a family movie. www.pittsburghjellystone.com

Mexico, N.Y.: Activities include a bicycle decorating contest with the bears and a parade, tie dye t-shirts, a “wet and wild” wagon ride and a dance party with the bears. www.jellystonecny.com

Mount Gilead, Ohio: This parks activities include a hamburger relay, tie dye crafts and karaoke. www.columbusjellystone.com

Warrens, Wisc.: Activities include craft time with Cindy Bear, jump rope contests, scavenger hunts, a pie eating contest, a campsite decorating contest, a glow-in-the-dark parade where you can decorate your golf cart, bike, scooter or yourself in glow-in-the-dark materials and bedtime stories with the bears. https://jellystonewarrens.com

“Families should make their reservations as soon as possible, if they haven’t already,” Wisher said.

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