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Oil, Gas Workers Turn Fairground into RV Park

So many recreational vehicles owned by those working in the oil and gas industry were parked at the Washington County fairgrounds in West Virginia from November 2011 to May 2012 that the fair board was required to declare the main parking lot a RV park.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported that in a licensing and permit process that started in October 2011 and was completed recently, former fair board members worked to complete all necessary steps in the process.

Now that all permits, licenses and insurance have been received for the Washington County Midway RV Park near the fairground’s main entrance, the area can be used in multiple ways: as a RV park, parking lot and a midway for fair concessions, said Gill.

City and state licenses, permits and insurance were applied for and received including flood insurance that costs $100 annually; a RV park license costing $250 per year; and a one-time fee to the city of Marietta’s engineering department for about $150.

Now, the RV park is licensed for 50 camping sites, with 25 utility poles and hookups for two RVs per pole. Sites offer RVers full hookup including electricity, water and sewer.

“It’s a plus for an RV park to have full hookup,” said Sandra Hickey, fair board treasurer.

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