The recent 2017 Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC Michigan) Spring Conference & Expo was a “great success,” organizers said.

Ali Gase of ARVC Michigan said more than 80 attendees and nearly 40 suppliers attended the annual Conference & Expo, which took place March 19-22 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

“The attendees were generally very pleased with the overall experience, and the suppliers said they had a great time and can’t wait until next year,” Gase said, noting Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was “the perfect set up for our needs. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating, and the food was most excellent.”

To view a slide show of the conference, scroll to the right side of the page.

As it does each year, the conference featured a number of educational seminars on a variety of topics as well as a trade show, auction, and entertainment — not to mention campground owners catching up with each other as they gather on the cusp of what many expect will be a very successful camping season.

“The campground owners got themselves fired up for another year of camping, with lots of interactions and discussions of what went on last year, and what they’re going to change for the upcoming year,” Gase mentioned.

Perhaps the biggest issue that permeated the conference is the upcoming Campground Public Health Code Act 368, Senate Bill 169 (SB169). An ARVC Michigan committee has put in hundreds of hours going over the proposed law, line by line, hoping to make it more effective for the campground owners.

“They’ve gone so far as to send out a copy of the proposed law, with the changes they’ve made, to all of our members for feedback. They want to ensure that they’re effectively representing the needs of all of membership,” Gase pointed out.

In addition, ARVC Michigan has nominated the group’s immediate past president, Dave Cordray from White River RV Park & Campground, in Montague, Mich., to run for Area 3 Representative for the national Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Lastly, Gase said ARVC Michigan is gearing up for its new 2017-18 membership year, which runs June 1 to May 31, 2018. Any Michigan licensed campground owner who is interested in membership should contact Gase via email at [email protected]