2 Governors Earn Sheldon Coleman Award

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon have been selected to receive the 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community's most prestigious award. According to a press release, the awards will be presented to each governor in his office by leaders of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Co. In addition, plans are underway to honor the governors in Washington, D.C., in February 2016. ARC has presented this award since 1989 to an individual... Read more

Hugelmeyer Takes Over as RVIA President

Frank Hugelmeyer Frank Hugelmeyer has officially taken his seat as president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), succeeding Richard Coon, who retired after serving in the position for the past 10 years. Hugelmeyer, whose appointment was announced in early June by Derald Bontrager, RVIA chairman and president and CEO of Jayco Inc., served as president and CEO of the Denver-based Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) from 2000-2014. In assuming his new role at RVIA, Hugelmeyer said,... Read more Adds Hispanic Option has created new sections in Spanish and Portuguese with the hope of enticing more travelers to California’s privately owned and operated campgrounds. “We believe we are the first state campground association in the country to offer specific content in Spanish and Portuguese,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC), in a press release. Sipe announced the new Spanish and Portuguese content today (Oct. 6)... Read more

Landscape Structures Adds Water Park Cos.

Landscape Structures Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial playground equipment based in Delano, Minn., announced that the company has acquired Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Aquatic Recreation Company LLC (ARC) and Commercial Aquatic Engineering (CAE). ARC is a premier splash pad and water park designer, manufacturer and installer, founded in 2002. Focusing on providing the most innovative, diverse and interactive water and splash play equipment in the industry, their products have... Read more

ARVC Highlights Off-Season Campgrounds

In a recent post to its website, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), highlighted several southern campgrounds as being a great destination for off-season camping. "Now that fall is here, temperatures turn crisp and cool in the northern states and the heat in the southern states starts to taper off, making terrific camping weather across the country," the post stated. "We’re highlighting a few great campgrounds in the South for traditional off-season camping... Read more

Good Sam Lists Nation's Top Scenic Parks

For October, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is highlighting Top Scenic Parks as part of the publisher’s "12 Months of RVing" promotion. These special parks are situated in some of the most attractive destinations in North America, Good Sam stated in a press release. Also included are parks whose landscaping in many cases rivals the stellar landscapes of the surrounding areas. The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide chose this list of Scenic... Read more

Mo. will Add Thousands of Acres for Parks

Missouri wants to acquire 2,500 acres along the Eleven Point River in southeast Missouri for a new state park, one of several acquisitions planned with federal agencies in an effort to conserve thousands of acres of land. The St. Louis Dispatch reported that the land purchases, spread across several counties, are funded by settlement money from lead-mining companies. The funds are earmarked to restore mining areas or acquire land elsewhere to offset environmental damage from the area’s long history... Read more

N.Y. RV Dealer Helping Local Campground

Caskinette’s RV is actively involved in the recreational lifestyles of countless families in Northern New York. Recently, the company showed their support in a specific form of recreation by assisting in donating a basketball and cement pad at the Happy Hollow Campground, near Castorland. In addition to the basketball court, Caskinette’s RV also donated a new flag pole. reported that owners Christie and Tom Kottcamp, Jr. issued the following statement: “We would like to thank... Read more

Wisconsin's Brown Co. will Upgrade Parks

There are several parks in Wisconsin's Brown County that haven’t been upgraded in decades, and now county leaders want to change that. Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach is including $150,000 to his 2016 budget proposal for two county park system projects. According to WBAY TV, $130,000 would go to updating the campground electricity ports at Bay Shore County Park, which can be unreliable when the campground reaches full capacity. Another $20,000 would help install a gate at the entrance... Read more

Campers Brave Rain For Halloween Event

Despite cold, wet weather, campers took part in Halloween Weekend by decorating their RVs, playing games and doing a night mud run at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Ohio, the Port Clinton News Herald reported. Getting an early start on Halloween festivities, camper Jessica Everage and her children Maggie and Chloe felt inspired to decorate their RV with ghosts and Disney-themed inflatables to celebrate the fun side of Halloween. "It's all about the kids. The fairgrounds has a lot of... Read more

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