In January of 2016, Jeff & Kathy McClure of Waynesburg, PA won the last VSC Camping Contest. They never dreamed that after taking advantage of over $1,000 of free camping in 2015 with the purchase of an RV from Hufnagel and Major’s RV in Harmony, that they’d wind up winning another $500 of free camping for 2016! B&R Camper Sales in Butler generously donated another $150 gift certificate from their RV Accessory Store, bringing their total winnings to $650.00!
The McClure family was named the winners of the sixth annual, Very Special Camper Contest (VSC), sponsored by participating campgrounds and RV Dealers in Western Pennsylvania last January.
The McClure family, according to Meadville KOA Campground Owner Tim Chilson, were able to enjoy over 11 different weekends of camping at half the price, because of the VSC program. He went on to add, “This program introduces new campers to some of the finest campgrounds in Western Pennsylvania at a special introductory offer of half price camping because they bought a new RV at these local participating dealers! It’s an outstanding, one-of-a-kind deal!”
When asked about what they liked most about the program, they said, “It allowed us to visit many different parks, and to discover what kind of camping we really liked! We really loved camping by the water in our new Minnie Winnie travel trailer.”
The McClures purchased a Minnie Winnie travel trailer from Hufnagel and Major’s RV in Harmony, PA. They told us that their new pink Minnie Winnie gets noticed a lot, and they received many comments about owning a pink travel trailer.
Like the McClure family, any camper purchasing a new RV from any of the participating RV dealers in 2017 receives one night of free camping for a family of four from each of the 23 participating Western Pennsylvania campgrounds. This program is valued at over $1,000 of free camping provided by the participating campgrounds for each new RV owner who utilizes the program! In total, the participating campgrounds have a combined gave away of over 700 nights of free camping last year!
Denny Quigley, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest Kampground said that even though we’re no longer accepting the stamped coupons for entry into an additional contest, the very successful free camping program will still be available again in 2017. Quigley added that, “Anyone planning to purchase an RV in 2017 will still receive over $1,000 of free camping from the 23 participating campgrounds. The information is available from any participating RV dealer displaying the Very Special Camper 2017 information, or at any of the participating Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association campgrounds which can be found at www.PACamping.com.
Participating Western Pennsylvania RV dealers for 2017 program included Hufnagel & Majors in Harmony; Fame RV Center in Saegertown; Camper Inn RV Sales in Ellwood City (Formally Clem’s RV); Starr’s Trailer Sales in Brockway; Boyer RV Center in Erie; Brooks Camper Sales in Connellsville; and B & R Campers Sales in Butler, and Butler RV in Butler.
The participating Western Pennsylvania campgrounds included Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest in Harrisville; Kalyumet Camping & Cabins in Cook Forest; Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping in New Castle; Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville; Goddard Park Vacationland Campground in Sandy Lake; Farma Family Campground in Greenville; Shenango Valley RV Park in Transfer; Pineview Campground in Linesville; Nautical Mile Campground & Marina in Templeton; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mill Run; Buttercup Woodlands Campground in Renfrew; Campers Paradise Campground and Cabins in Sigel; Sparrow Pond Family Campground in Waterford; Bear Run Campground in Portersville; Uniontown KOA at River’s Edge; Harts Content Campground in Beaver Falls; Harecreek Campground in Corry; Friendship Village Campground in Bedford; Oil Creek Campground in Titusville; Rocky Springs Campground in Mercer; Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabins in Fairview; Bear Ridge Campground & RV Resort in Templeton, and Pioneer Park Campground in Somerset.
The participating campgrounds and RV Dealers will be announced after the PCOA Convention in Mid- December! Watch for that press release and blog post in Early January, 2017!
By Robyn Chilson
Robyn & Tim Chilson are CPO Campground Owners of Meadville KOA Campground with her husband Tim. She can be reached at 814-789-3251.
This article was written by Robyn Chilson
Tim and Robyn Chilson are both Certified Park Operators (CPO) and have owned and operated Meadville KOA Campground since October of 1999. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.