Maine Campground Sees Uptick in Business

YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK AT YONDER HILL SEES UPTICK IN BUSINESS WITH LATE SUMMER DRY SPELL

Campground business levels are back to normal in August after a cool, wet spring and early summer dampened summer travel plans

MADISON, Me., Aug. 2, 2011 – The camping season got off to a slow start this summer at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Yonder Hill , thanks to an unusually cool, wet spring and early summer.

“It didn’t really dry out and begin to warm up until late July,” said park owner Allen York, who recently converted the former Yonder Hill Campground to become the first Jellystone Park in Maine.

Yonderhill Campground SignBut business levels are strong this month through Labor Day weekend, and the park is completely sold out Aug. 11th to 20th during the upcoming Skowhegan State Fair, the nation’s oldest continuous agricultural fair.

York is also busy planning several themed weekends that should bring families back to his Central Maine park through early October.

Upcoming events include a horseshoe tournament on the weekend of Aug. 20th and 21st; a summer bash on Aug. 27th and 28th, with a pie eating content, a watermelon seed spitting contest, a tug of war and dancing; and a lobster dinner on Labor Day weekend.

September events also include a Halloween themed weekend Sept. 17th and 18th with a campsite decorating contest, a costume contest, trick or treating, a haunted wagon ride and a haunted house. A special discount weekend is also scheduled for Oct. 1st and 2nd, with a couple’s weekend slated for Oct. 8th and 9th with an intimate dinner.

Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are widely known for having unique activities. Of course, all these activities now have an extra element of fun with Yogi Bear participating. Yogi is on site daily to greet campers, pose for photo ops and take part in events.

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system now boasts over 75 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 30 states and three Canadian provinces. Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and customer service-oriented parks. Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal. It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”®

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Summer’s Maine Event

The Jellystone Park family is excited to welcome our very first campground in the rugged, beautiful state of Maine: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Yonder Hill is a year-round campground located at the gateway to one of Maine’s most beautiful scenic byways. The area features recreational opportunities galore, including hiking, cycling, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, rafting, and some of the best hunting and fishing in the state. Located near the town of Skowhegan, the region also has a rich Native American history and plenty of historic sites to explore.
 
Summer weekends at Yonder Hill campground are perfect for family bonding, with a scavenger hunt, kids’ crafts and grown-up Bingo every Saturday, a pot-luck supper every Saturday night and a regular wagon ride. Or check out one of the themed weekends. Here’s a quick sample:
 
July 16-17 Wet and Wild Weekend
Time for some wet and wild fun! Pool games, wet wagon rides and more make for great fun for all ages.

July 23 – 24 Christmas In July
Celebrate Christmas with Yogi and Santa Claus! Parents, bring a wrapped gift with your child’s name on it to the office for Santa to give to your child. Saturday morning, sign up for the Christmas dinner in the office.

Aug 13 – 14 Skowhegan State Fair and Race Car Weekend
How wonderful to have the fair just a few miles away! The Skowhegan State Fair is the nation’s oldest continuously-run agricultural fair, with carnival rides, demolition derby, 4H exhibits and great food. Jellystone Park campers can support their favorite race car driver is by wearing his / her number and decorating your site. Bring your matchbox car to race against other drivers on our track! Get ready. Get set. Go!

Jellystone Park at Yonder Hill is located off Interstate 95 at 221 Lakewood Road in Madison, Maine. To make a reservation, visit http://www.yonderhilljellystone.com/ or call 207.474.7353.

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