b'INDUSTRY NEWS CAMPGROUNDHigh Turnout Seen at Ohio Conference;Attendees Hear Legislative UpdatesThe 2023 Ohio Campground Ownersthe conference continued with educa-Associations (OCOA) Spring ConferencetionalsessionslikeNavigatingYour and Trade Show, held March 34 at theParkwithCampsite360andAppMy EmbassySuitesColumbusAirportinCommunity; SWOT Analysis of Trends of Columbus, Ohio, boasted 39 exhibitorsInsights with Kampgrounds of America according to Kristy Smith, executive di- Inc. (KOA) and more. rector of the OCOA.The board of trustees elections were The OCOA conference also drew moreheld, and the following board members than 85 attendees representing 40 camp- were elected: grounds across Ohio. VP of Public RelationsErika Sheets,MICHIGAN TO PLACE YOUR AD INAttendees and vendors were encour- Lazy River at GranvilleCAMPGROUNDS FOR SALEThe Campgroundaged by the turnout and variety of options SecretaryMirstina Koppes, Maple available. Smith described the event say- Lakes CampgroundPotential Buyers Investment Section: ing, It went really well. Whether youve Northwest TrusteesHeidi Lock-ownedaparkforamonthoryouvewood, Crystal Rock Campground andContacting Us Regularly Contact G&G Media Groupowned a park for the past 30 years, theMilesNoland,WalnutGroveCamp-members always can pick up somethinggroundBRIGGS REALTY574-266-7980 from each other and from the vendorsNorthwestAlternateTrusteeakollat@g-gmediagroup.comand the classes available.Charles Knight, Camp Sandusky andwww.briggsrealtyonline.com On the legislative front, the associationCorey Smeltzer, Sauder Village Camp- 616-942-1071 wthorne@g-gmediagroup.comhad been hearing from several membersground thattheOhioDepartmentofHealth Northeast TrusteeBarb McClin-(ODH) had been enforcing a requirementtock, Wally World; Jamie Herron, Woods that all water connections have a back- Tall Timbers and Max Fishman, Lake flow prevention device installed. OCOAWapusun RV Resort had disputed that this was required of Northeast Alternate TrusteeJim Mc- ADVERTISERS INDEXpublic water systems. Based on the objec- George, Big Arbs tions and internal conversations with theCentralTrusteeStephanieFox-ODH and the Ohio Environmental Pro- Wycoff, Cross Creek Camping ResortB&B Electrical.6Leavitt Recreation35 tection Agency (EPA), the result was that Southwest TrusteeSarah Anglin,Business Finance Depot 12Lelands Cabins .32 ODH will not impose the backflow re- Lebanon Cincinnati KOA quirement if the campground submits Southwest Alternate TrusteeDarrenCampground Commander .30Midwest Electric31 the public water system exemption re- Rambo, Tomorrows StarsThe Campground Marketplace13&28Montana Canvas.30 quest form.At the conclusion of the Winter in the While this should help OCOA mem- Tropics, Hawaiian Luau dinner, OCOACheckBox7&InsertMySites4 bers moving forward, ODH has also indi- held an auction with items donated by cated that they still believe the backflowOCOA campground members, vendorsCold River Mining29Pelland Advertising41 preventiondevicesshouldbeateachand other supporters of the association.Colortime Crafts14Phelps Honeywagon40 connection. OCOA will continue to mon- The silent auction raised $4,211 to help itor these efforts and respond accord- support the OCOA.Commercial Recreation Specialists15Pilot Rock/RJ Thomas.19 ingly.The trade show concluded on MarchDelta Treatment Systems.11PlainsCraft39 On March 3, the conference opened4th along with continuing education ses-withtheWelcome!Meet&Greetbysions from Camp Jellystone and T. PagieDogiPot.27Polly Products.18 Smith and OCOA President Jeff Hoffman.Consulting LLC and Farewell Fiesta &Doty & Sons Concrete Products 26RezExpert .21 Joe Duemig, from App My Commu- Two-Minute Topic Talks covering a vari-nity,andTJAmmond,fromCamp- ety of topics and questions from atten- Dri-Dek14Skyweb .22-23 site360, presented during a continuingdeesandparkownersthatwereEaton24Staylist9 education session.addressed to the group. Next, attendees heard from keynoteConference sponsors included:Plat- Gama Sonic25Sunland Specialties.40 speaker Curt Hemmeler, the executiveinum SponsorsUtility Supply Group,Great American Direct .18Tengo Internet.2 directoroftheRV TechnicalInstituteFirefly Reservations and Campfire Con-(RVTI) and vice president of the self-reg- nect; Gold SponsorsHenley GraphicHershey Americas Largest RV Show8Tower Company36 ulatory program at the RV Industry Asso- Communications and CampersCard; Sil-ciation (RVIA). Hemmelers session, RVver SponsorsYale Realty & Capital Ad- Hialeah Meter2Trumbull Recreation 39 Industry Research and Trends, touchedvisorsandStraitWebSolutionsandHTR Resorts.33Utility Supply Group/Platt5&44 on the current and future trends facingBronze SponsorsLeavitt Recreation & thegrowingRVcampingindustry.HeHospitality Insurance and Wilcor Inter- Imperial Industries.38Wild Energy.10 sharedresourcesavailabletocamp- national.Jamestown Advanced Products.17Woodford Mfg.37 ground owners and operators collectivelyNext year, the OCOA Spring Confer-and tackled emerging issues and oppor- ence will take place March 1-2 at the Em- Kay Park Recreation20Workamper News44 tunities.bassy Suites Columbus Airport.AlexLancaster Log Cabins34 Following the keynote presentation,BurkettWCM42 April 2023 Woodalls Campground Magazine'