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Campsite at Ohio's Van Buren State Park

Campsite at Ohio’s Van Buren State Park

The annual Christmas in July campout at Van Buren State Park will be held from 4 p.m. July 17 through 10 p.m. July 18.

The event will feature tractor-pulled hayrides, birds of prey demonstrations, movies, a potluck meal, Polar Express train rides, and a campsite decorating contest.

On July 17, hayrides will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A birds of prey presentation, featuring a bald eagle, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater, and a moonlight movie will be shown at 9 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for a donation. Participants may bring a lawn chair and blankets.

On July 18, Christmas crafts will be made from 10 a.m. to noon at the amphitheater. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., games will be available including cornhole, ladder jacks, badminton and volleyball.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the “Polar Express” will be offering rides, and at 6 p.m. at the amphitheater, a camper potluck dinner and soup judging will be held. Participants should bring a dish to share. They may fix a pot of soup for a chance to win a free night of camping at a state park.

Also July 18, campers may participate in the park’s third annual campsite decorating contest. Judging will be at 8 p.m. The winner will receive a certificate for a night of camping at a state park.

A moonlight movie will be held at 9 p.m.

Campsite reservations for the event can be made through Mary Jane Thurston State Park, 419-832-7662, which oversees Van Buren State Park operations.

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A fallen tree was fortunate occurrence for Donald Jenkins.

Jenkins was in his recreational vehicle June 29 at when the severe storms hit Muskingum County. The wind had his RV rocking before a tree fell on its roof and kept it on the ground, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported.

“I was laying on the floor, getting ready for it to tip over when the tree fell on it and kept it down,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been on a lot of thrill rides in my life and survived Vietnam, but this scared me.”

The tree crushed the back section of the roof over the bedroom, and a branch came through a vent near the front of the RV.

Jenkins said he was thankful other campers came to his aid. “I had two guys who I didn’t know come to see how I was and made sure I got out,” he said. “It could have been worse, but we can replace these things.”

Genny and Ron Zwahlen own the campground and live in a house on the property. Ron warned the campers about the approaching storm, and Genny recalled hearing the wind rushing through the trees.

“We’ve seen a lot of storms over the years, and I don’t remember anyone suffering property damage,” Genny said. “We offered (the Jenkins) a place to stay, but Donald wanted to stay in the camper.

“It was a blessing other people were near to help. I know they were grateful,” she said.

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Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to

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