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New Splash Pad's A Hit, Opens To Public

Eight-year-old Aiden Roberts gave Strawberry Park’s new splash pad a ringing endorsement Friday (July 18) as the Preston, Conn. facility’s first guest customer, The Day of New London, Conn., reported. “I think instead of spending most of the day in the pool, I’ll be spending most of the day in here,” Aiden said. His announcement surprised grandparents Lori and Jay Barry of Warren, R.I. “He’s a big pool man,” Jay Barry said. Aiden, also of Warren, got his grandparents up early Friday... Read more

Property Companies Grow In RV Park Biz

Hendrickson If you ask Randy Hendrickson, there's never been a better time to be in the property management industry, especially if you specialize in outdoor recreation properties. “I've been in the industry for 17 years and I've never seen it more vibrant, more active or more full of potential,” he told Woodall’s Campground Management. “I get a little animated when I talk about this business.” As the founder and CEO of Horizon Outdoor Hospitality Group, Hendrickson knows... Read more

WCM Adds Associate Editor Rick Kessler

Kessler G&G Media Group LLC announced the addition of Rick Kessler, a veteran newspaper executive with an RVing background, to its Elkhart-based editorial staff as associate editor of both RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management. Kessler comes to G&G, a three-year-old trade magazine publisher, after a 22-year career in newspapers during which he won numerous awards as a writer, columnist and editor. Kessler, a 1992 graduate of Michigan State University’s journalism school, most... Read more

Kids Turn Tornado Debris Into Fire Starters

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Jack, Isabelle and Amy Wilson show off Tornado Fire Starters at the NCA show in March. As the old saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s kind of what the Wilson family of Monson, Mass., has done in coming up with Jack ‘n Isabelle’s Tornado Fire Starters, offering them to Notheast Campground Association (NCA) conference attendees in March with a marketing line of “Something good from twisted wood.” “We’re making fire starters out of wood recycled from a tornado... Read more

RV Industry, Campgrounds See Bright Future

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KOA's Jim Rogers listens to another speaker at the RV Industry Power Breakfast May 8, 2014. When 558 leaders of the North American RV industry gathered together May 8 in Elkhart, Ind., for the RV Industry Power Breakfast, the future of RVs — and camping — were a major topic of discussion. The attendees heard from Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) CEO and Chairman Jim Rogers and leaders of the Go RVing industry-wide marketing campaign about what they’re doing to grow the North American... Read more

May's Edition Of WCM Is Now Available Online

The May edition of Woodall's Campground Management is now available online, either by clicking the cover to the right or clicking here. This month you'll find a look at some of the many ways campgrounds and RV parks across North America raise money and work to better their communities with a story on philanthropy in the campground industry. You'll also find some in-depth coverage of recent conventions put on by the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) and the Wisconsin Association... Read more

Campgrounds Find Solar-Powered Savings

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With the solar panels installed next to Caliente Springs Resort in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., “We’re going to be generating a lot of electricity,” co-owner Timonthy Manthie told Woodall’s Campground Management. Indeed, about one megawatt of power each year. Conveniently located on top of subterranean hot springs, Caliente Springs never has to use natural gas or electricity to heat its five swimming pools and 13 hot spas. But the resort does have to use to electricity — and lots of it —... Read more

WACO Saw Big Attendance, Record Vendors

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WACO celebrities, leaders and attendees spent time together at the conference in Stevens Point, Wis. The 2014 Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) convention March 12-16 in Stevens Point, Wisc., was a “grand show with a ton of participation,” according to Executive Director Lori Severson. The show was larger all around this year with 262 attendees from 99 campgrounds, many staying longer than usual for a convention that’s also longer than most state association gatherings. “We... Read more

Park's Winning Combination Draws Campers

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The Shelby/Mansfield KOA recently added another trophy to its shelf in Shelby, Ohio. Garry and Vicki Cole have owned it since 1991 and joined Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in 2002. On top of a dozen-plus awards from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), KOA, the KOA Owners Association and the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, the campground was recently named ARVC’s Medium Park of the Year – for the fourth time. One thing visitors to the Shelby/Mansfield KOA will notice... Read more

WCM Helps Prepare For Disasters

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Flooding hid Hiddlen Valley last year. The spring thaw is coming to large swaths of North America, and after that rains can bring the possibility of flooding, even in drought-stricken areas. In the March issue of Woodall's Campground Management, we introduce you to one RV park that had the worst happen to them last year. They’d been through it before. Situated on Medio Creek in peaceful Von Ormy, Texas, just outside of San Antonio, Hidden Valley RV Park had weathered floods — but nothing... Read more

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