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>Ann Kelch has helped to open the campground each spring and close it every winter for more than 40 years.

“My in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Kelch, would come to the Smoky Mountains on vacation, and they decided that they wanted to come to Tennessee,” Ann says. “So in ’65, they bought this piece of property and started the KOA campgrounds. In august they bought their franchise, and in June they had they had their first camper.”

Back then, the campground consisted of a building in the middle of a field.

“The campers were very small, pop-ups and a few travel trailers, and over the years it’s changed to huge big motor homes and big 5th wheels,” says Ann.
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>Mention of New Orleans’ Industrial Canal evokes certain images: a gritty shipping hub, for starters, and the scene of a tragic levee breach that ravaged the Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane Katrina.

A bucolic vacation spot, however, does not come to mind. But don’t tell that to dozens of campers who park their RVs on 20 waterfront acres along the canal in eastern New Orleans.

“They love it,” said Mark Delesdernier, who opened the New Orleans RV Campground this year with partner Scott Schenck. “People just love to have things on water.”

People love it so much that Delesdernier is about to double the capacity of the campground. Construction is under way to convert the facility from 52 to 102 parking pads. The expanded camp should be ready “hopefully in time for Mardi Gras,” Delesdernier said.
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>WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Gene and Donna Burden’s home is adorned in holiday decorations, inside and out. Outside, near the steps leading to the front door, stand large, light-up plastic candles and a lighted reindeer decoration is positioned in a front window.

Since the Burdens became members of Warrensburg’s RV Club about three years ago, they have traveled quite frequently. From April through October, the couple takes a trip with the club each month, some lasting up to eight days.

“Our first trip was to Oklahoma City; we were invited by people at the senior center,” Donna said. “We had so much fun, we bought a motor home.”

Gene said usually a group of about four or five units go on every trip, but there have been as many as 12. Along the way, the group goes sightseeing and has potluck dinners, where Gene said there are usually so many leftovers they eat them all week.

In November every year, the Burdens go to Branson, Mo., with the “Golden Ages” group from the Baptist Church.
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