Campground owners and operators from Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey converged at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino last week for the 19th Annual Mid-Atlantic Campground Conference. Four CPO sessions were presented during the two-day conference.
“They came, and they learned about ADA regulations, they experienced and created Facebook pages, they listened about cash flow tax strategies and ARVC Board Chairman David Berg wowed them,” said Jay and Marji Otto, conference planners and executive directors of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association, in a news release.
Nineteen conference attendees arrived early to take a tour of the NASCAR Monster Mile Race Track and rode in vans around the track. The tour also included a walk through the shop where race cars are rebuilt.
Both attendees and vendor participation was up this year, according to the Ottos. This year’s theme, a “Walk Down Memory Lane,” was a tribute to the many themes the conference has presented over the years. Dress for the closing banquet reflected those past themes with prizes going to many for the most original.
Berg, an auctioneer for the event, helped raise auction proceeds to new heights thanks to generous donations from campground owners and vendors like Woodall’s Campground Management.
“Two future positive possibilities developed from this year’s conference,” Otto said. “Two campgrounds that would like to see the now inactive Delaware Campground Association revived represented Delaware. The Mid-Atlantic Campground Conference has offered seed money to aid in the endeavor to re-establish their association.”
Karl Littman, president of the Virginia Campground Association, also attended the conference and inquired whether Virginia campgrounds would be welcomed to attend the conference.
“He was assured that they would and that all campground owners are welcome,” Otto said. “He will take that suggestion back to the Virginia association.”
“Overall, with the great speakers, fun events, and the networking and camaraderie among the campground owners, the conference was deemed a great success,” Otto added.