Saturday, June 23, 2007

Price of gas not costing Campgrounds & RV parks

Wooster, OH - With gas prices climbing, one industry is booming -- campgrounds and RV parks.

Despite the increase in fuel costs campers still are coming out for the summer, many times staying even longer than before the price at the pump started to inch upward.

"We find people are not traveling as much," said Ruth Wile, the owner of Amish Country Campsites in Winesburg. "But when they are traveling they usually stay longer. Instead of coming for two nights they come for four."

Samuel Hershberger, the owner of Scenic Hills RV Park in Berlin, said he has seen the same tendency.

"They're traveling through the area, and instead of staying three days and maybe coming home and coming back, they're staying for weeks," he said.

According to Jamie Hawkins, owner of Long Lake Park along state Route 3, seasonal campsites are in high demand. Hawkins' husband, Doug, is in the process of tearing down the campground's old baseball field. In its place will be more sites with sewage capabilities.

"It's definitely helping campgrounds," Hawkins said.
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