Campground Owners of New York (CONY), the trade association for privately owned campgrounds in New York State, will host its 48th Annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry, Nov. 3 to 5 at the Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The theme of the Exposition is “CONY-OPOLY,” a play on the popular family board game, MONOPOLY.

The three-day event will feature educational seminars and networking opportunities for campground owners, as well as the annual meeting of the association. On Friday, Nov. 4, CONY will welcome Keynote Speaker Ruby Newell-Legner, founder of RubySpeaks, to present, “Seven Star Customer Service: starting at the top to impact the bottom line.”

The Exposition will also include a trade show of suppliers showcasing their products or services for the campground industry. The trade show will take place Nov. 4 and 5.

CONY to Honor Randy Lehman

Randy S. Lehman

On Nov. 5, attendees will come together at a formal banquet to honor Randy S. Lehman, owner of Hickory Hill Family Camp Resort in Bath, N.Y., as he is inducted in the the CONY Hall of Fame. Lehman, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, is a longtime member of CONY, and is being honored for his volunteer work as the CONY accountant, his service as a campground owner, and his many other contributions to his community and the CONY association.

Lehman and his wife, Janet, have developed and managed Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort for 33 years, but he was introduced to the camping industry at an early age, as his parents owned Distelfink Campground in Manheim, Pa. There he acted as a general “go-to” guy for the daily maintenance tasks of emptying the garbage cans and holding tanks, cleaning bathrooms and working in the store.

Lehman and has been CONY’s accountant for more than 25 years. His other activities and accomplishments include serving as a member of ARVC’s 20 Group 2 since 1993, past service as vice president and treasurer to the CONY Board, a founding board member of the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau, and board service for the Finger Lakes Wine Country, Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Bath Rotary Club, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital and Arnot Ogden Hospital.

Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort has 220 sites, including 24 rental units, and many amenities and activities. Also located on the property is the Finger Lakes Wellness Center and Spa, providing massage, nail care, facials and other therapies. In addition, Hickory Hill annually hosts three retreats for families who have children with developmental disabilities, through the Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Program.

Lehman’s future plans for the campground include adding another swimming pool with splash pad, adding 20 pull-through sewer sites and six rental units, and connecting to municipal sewer.

The Lehmans have started a new chapter in their lives, moving to Seattle, Wash., where Janet is attending graduate school for natural medicine. The campground will continue to operate under Randy’s guidance. The couple are parents and inspirations to their three children —Brendon, Alan and Maria.

How to Attend

Special rates for lodging at the Sheraton on the Falls during the Exposition have been arranged. Booking information is available through the CONY office.

All campground owners and managers – including those not affiliated with CONY – are welcome to register and attend. Businesses interested in reserving a booth during the trade show, or sponsoring the Exposition are also welcome.

For more information about this premier annual event for the New York outdoor hospitality industry, and to make reservations for attendance or trade show, contact the CONY office at (585) 586-4360, or [email protected]