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Thousand Trails is kicking off 2019 in historic fashion, celebrating the brand’s 50 years in the campground industry, according to a press release.

With 50th Anniversary festivities planned across its network of campgrounds in 2019, the company is offering members and guests opportunities to collect commemorative anniversary pins, contribute to a multi-location time capsule, and participate in contests, themed weekends and planned activities throughout the year.

Founded in 1969 with the purchase of 640 acres in Chehalis, Wash., Thousand Trails has become one of the largest networks of RV resorts and campgrounds in North America, according to the release.

“Well positioned in the growing RV industry, Thousand Trails looks to the future with innovative camping accommodations to complement its RV sites, including tiny houses, cabins, cottages and yurts,” noted the release.

More than 80 properties are participating in the 50th anniversary. Thousand Trails is owned by Chicago, Ill.-based Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc.

Participating campgrounds celebrating the 50th anniversary will be hosting events and contests throughout 2019. 

“Thousand Trails campgrounds are always filled with fun events and activities, said Pat Zamora, vice president of marketing for Thousand Trails. “For the 50th anniversary we’re planning some special celebrations and contests to thank our members and guests for letting us be a part of their camping lifestyle the last 50 years.”

As part of the 50th anniversary, Thousand Trails has again partnered with nonprofit For Pete’s Sake, offering to host 50 free nights to patients in their program. For Pete’s Sake enables cancer patients and their loved ones to relax and strengthen their relationships, providing transformative respite experiences. Participants can choose from various properties and accommodations with Thousand Trails, including, yurts, cabins, cottages and tiny houses.

To learn more about the Thousand Trails 50th anniversary promotions and contests, follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.