According to a press release, the Vermont Camping and Outdoor Show will feature exhibits and representatives from over two dozen campgrounds, over 10 recreational vehicle or truck dealerships, five New England camping associations, and over twenty companies/organizations of interest to fans of the outdoors.
VCA’s executive director, Peter Daniels, believes the healthy growth of the outdoor tourism industry in Vermont and surrounding states since the beginning of the economic recovery is going to continue as “Baby Boomers retire and remember camping as one of the most economic and enjoyable ways to be together with family members. We plan for this yearly event to grow along with the industry.”
VCA members are Vermont private and public campgrounds and affiliates. VCA provides administrative and marketing service for its members through publication and distribution of the Vermont Campground Guide, website, production of the camping & outdoor show, and legislative support.
While some Vermont campgrounds have suffered damage as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, more than 70 privately owned and operated campgrounds will be open for Labor Day weekend, according to the Vermont Campground Association (VCA).
“Some are cleaning up downed trees, but most are ready for visitors,” said VCA executive director Peter Daniels in a press release, adding that county fairs and festivals have also reopened for the holiday weekend.
And while there have been some road closures in Vermont as a result of the storm, most roads leading to campgrounds are open, Daniels said. Campers should call the campgrounds they plan to visit for the most up to date road information, he said.
While most privately owned and operated campgrounds in Vermont are open for business, at least two campgrounds suffered severe damage. They include Camping on the Battenkill in Arlington and Abel Mountain Campground in Braintree, where flooding destroyed the campground office and bathhouses. Both campgrounds are currently closed.
The Vermont Campground Association represents the campground industry in Vermont and hosts CampVermont.com, a travel planning website for Vermont camping enthusiasts.
Tropical Storm Irene has had “a devastating effect” on the private campgrounds in Vermont and at least two have suffered “total flooding,” according to a report from Peter Daniels, executive director of the Vermont Campground Association (VCA).
“Camping on the Battenkill in Arlington will not be able to access the damage until the river recedes. They may not be able to open this fall,” Daniels told Woodall’s Campground Management.
“Abel Mountain in Braintree has also suffered severe damage when the river flooded the campground and destroyed their office and bathhouses. All the utilities will need rebuilding. They may not be even able to open next year,” he said.
Other campgrounds are working desperately to reopen in time for the upcoming Labor Day weekend:
• Horseshoe Acres in Andover has already brought in heavy equipment and outside contractors to open up for the weekend.
• Rivers Bend in Middlebury saw half of its campground flooded, including the bathhouse and laundry, but is now open and ready for the weekend.
“The remainder of our 74 member campgrounds across the state remain open for business,” he said. “Some are working to clean up flooding over parts of the campground or cleaning up downed trees, but are ready for visitors. There may be roads closed to some of these campgrounds, so campers should call ahead for up to date information on road conditions.”