Va. Campground BBQ Contest Grows In Popularity

Rockahock Campground in Lanexa, Va., announced that it is firing its 4th Annual Pickin’ and Pullin’ BBQ Competition April 28 and 29. Festivities include live entertainment and a silent auction. Children will be able to have fun in an inflatable bounce park, an obstacle course and a 30-foot slide. Guests will be able to taste test competitors’ entries and vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. The first competition in 2014 hosted 41 teams; this year features more than 86... Read more

New Users Are Embracing Recreational Vehicles

Early spring is the main selling season for recreational vehicles (RVs) and the phone on Tom Troiano’s desk has been ringing incessantly, the Economist reported. The owner of Continental RV, a dealership in Farmingdale, N.Y., a village on Long Island, Troiano is on track to sell more RVs this year than in any other since the early 2000s. Buoyed by cheap financing, rising wages and inexpensive gas, travellers are once again splurging on big-ticket camper vans. RVs are a quintessentially American... Read more

Camping Or Glamping Opening In Seaside Maine

Boston Globe photo Seaside camping just got a retro-chic upgrade at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, the Boston Globe reported. Located a half-mile from Goose Rocks Beach, the campground — formerly known as Salty Acres — had a $5 million-plus makeover that features resort amenities mixed in with an authentic Maine camping experience, including a rustic general store, lobster pound, farm stand, old-fashioned ice cream cart, family centric outdoor activities and more. The park’s... Read more

NWT Campsite Reservations Off To Strong Start

The online reservation system for Northwest Territories parks opened April 12, and it already looks to be a busy season, radio station CICD reported. According to the Territorial Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment (ITI), there have been more than 1,400 reservations made so far. The system allows people to book their spots at territorial parks early and online. Roughly 71% of the site visitors were Canadian, with another 27% from the United States. Fred Henne Territorial Park was the... Read more

Ky. Town Planning RV Park, Citing Lack In Area

The Springfield (Ky.) City Council is movning forward with plans for an RV park and campground, the Springfield Sun reported. Mayor Debbie Wakefield said she was able to meet with an engineer last week and visit the site, and the council has since been provided with some ideas about how the location will be laid out. “We’re ready to move forward,” Wakefield said. Both options include two phases, said City Administrator Laurie Smith, with the first phase being the installation of hook-ups... Read more

Flooded Calif. Campground Will Reopen In May

Campers will soon return to Pismo Beach when the California State Parks campground that closed for months because of flooding from January’s heavy rains reopens next month, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported. “As I’m sure you are aware, the storms continued quite some time, causing additional damage and flooding,” Dena Bellman of California State Parks said Wednesday (April 19) about the Pismo Beach State Beach Campground. “There is still standing water in some areas of the park, however... Read more

Town Working To Take Over Village Campground

Now that the village of Port Henry, N.Y., is no more, it’s up to town of Moriah officials to try to soften the shock of transition, the Sun Community News reported. “We’re in the belly of the beast right now,” Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said. “It’s extremely busy; a lot of things to do. We’re doing it and we’ll get it done.” The village of 1,200 residents dissolved as a municipality on March 31 and the town took over most of its functions and all of its properties... Read more

Arlington Becomes Exec. Director Of Iowa ARVC

Mary Arlington The Iowa Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Iowa ARVC) announced that industry consultant Mary Arlington has been brought on board to serve the association as its executive director. Chip Smith, Iowa ARVC president, said in the announcement, “We’ve known Mary since her park owner days, and we stayed in touch ever since, watching as she embraced the association management duties in Kansas and Colorado. Iowa is presently a small yet loyal association, and Mary has worthy benefits... Read more

TXAD Unveils Four Campgrounds’ New Websites

TXAD Internet announced that it launched four more mobile-friendly websites this month on behalf of campgrounds and RV parks in New York, Arizona, Texas and Washington. The parks include Harmony Lakeside RV Park in Silver Creek, Wash., which is off the beaten path some 20 miles east of Interstate 5, the major north-south interstate that runs from Mexico to Canada. “We’re a destination park in the middle of the boondocks,” said park owner Ron Hinkley. “So we don’t have much transient business... Read more

Two Hurt When Tree Falls On Campground In Ark.

Two people are in critical condition after a tree fell on a campground in Barling, Ark., television station KATV reported The accident happened this morning (April 21) in Springhill Park. According to the Barling Fire Department, one man and one woman were hurt by the fallen tree. the woman was trapped for some time before crews were able to rescue her. The fire chief said it doesn’t appear they were inside a tent or camper when the accident happened, he believes they may have been outside... Read more

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