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Pamela and Todd McCreary

Pamela and Todd McCreary are set to open the former Country Stage Campground in Ashland County, Ohio, as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort on April 27.

According to a press release, the 150-site campground will be rebranded the Cleveland Sandusky Jellystone Park.

A grand opening ceremony with Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear and Boo Boo will also take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, with speeches by Ashland Mayor Matt Miller and Amy Daubenspeck, executive director of the Ashland Convention & Visitors Bureau, who will talk about the impact of the Cleveland/Sandusky Jellystone Park on the local economy.

“We’re beyond excited at this point,” Pamela McCreary said, adding that the park already has close to 20 reservations for their opening weekend, despite the cool weather. “We’ve never had so many people make reservations for our opening weekend. These are all new campers and they’re coming because we’re a Jellystone Park.”

The McCrearys have been busy adding new signage and other improvements, including an outdoor movie area and rental accommodations.

Other amenities include a gaga ball pit, a mining sluice, a cafe and a three-acre catch and release fishing lake.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. currently franchises 84 Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada.

McCreary said Jellystone is a good fit for her park.

“Our park is already very family oriented and very friendly,” she said. “We treat people like they are all our friends. We sell fun. We tell our staff, ‘Smile and talk to people like you’ve known them all your life.’ It starts at the top.”

It’s an approach that has enabled the McCrearys to build a large following of repeat campers who come back to their park year after year. They expect their customer base to grow even larger now that they are a Jellystone Park.

For more information, please visit clevelandjellystone.com.

Ohio’s other Jellystone Parks are located in Holmes County, Mount Gilead and Akron, all of which can be found at CampJellystone.com.