Approximately 60 people representing 17 campgrounds attended the Tennessee Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ annual conference Aug. 6-7 at Raccoon Mountain Campground near Chattanooga, Tenn.
Campground owner and host Eric Bosley, the association president-elect, said owners across the state have experienced a topsy-turvy season so far. June was “perfect,” he said, followed by a “terrible” month of July when temperatures topped 100 degrees for two straight weeks and then rain every day for three weeks. Weather is more moderate thus far in August, promoting owners to be upbeat during this week’s convention.
Keynote speaker for this week’s convention was Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), who spoke on Aug. 8 about the new member benefits for ARVC members. Greg Taylor, representing Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), spoke on camping trends.
Seventeen vendors displayed their products and services at the trade show.
The state association honored the Adventure Bound Camping Resort in Gatlinburg with its Large Campground of the Year award. There was no Small Campground of the Year nominee.
The association presented its Distinguished Service Award to Bosley.
Other officers for the coming year are President Jimmy Felton, Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland; Treasurer Barbara Johnson, Big Meadow Family Campground, Townsend; Secretary Kim Skinner, Deer Run RV Resort, Crossville; and board members Donna Williams, Adventure Bound Camping Resort, and Jerry Dale, Manchester KOA, Manchester.
Bosley said Tennessee ARVC may hold its 2013 convention in Knoxville during the ARVC Conference or in August at a campground site yet to be determined.