Missouri Campground to Host TOCO Music Festival

The Jellystone Park campground near St. Louis, in Eureka MO, will host the 11th Annual TOCO Music Festival September 7-9.  Here’s an article from the Southeast Missourian that gives you more information.
By James Sammons

For the 11th year, the Tapestry of Community Offerings Family Music Festival will offer a large selection of family entertainment.

The event, which takes place Sept. 7 through 9 at Jellystone Park Resort in Eureka, Mo., includes a variety of music and family camping or cottage lodging. Other offerings include swimming, art, food vendors and a campsite decorating and costume contest.

“We have a very unique festival, in that we have a fun event for the kids and adults,” TOCO executive director Kim Vrooman said. “It’s a chance to finish out the summer on a high note. And everything, from our music to our workshops, has a ton of variety.”

Children can choose from several workshops, including lessons in art, karate, tye-dye, music and song-making, mini golf, mask and hat making and hula hooping with the St. Louis Hoop Club. The festival also offers evening baby-sitting.

Musical entertainment features everything from rock and blues to country and bluegrass. Bands appearing will be Jake’s Leg, Madahoochi, Cumberland Gap, Dogtown Allstars, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Vitamen A, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, Snarky Gargoyles, BOB, Elemental Shakedown, Following the Water, EarthSol, Auset Music Project, David and Roslyn, Brooken Cookie, T-Bone from Babaloo, The Sparrows, Flea Bitten Dawgs, Sully, Echo Trace, Langen Neubacher and the Defeated County, BigChiefSpaceCoyote, June Bug, Stone Sugar Shakedown, Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome and the Cosmic Collaborative Hoop Group.

“The parents can let the kids have their fun, and have some fun of their own while they are at it,” Vrooman said. “I think the baby-sitting is one thing that sets our event apart. And when you come back to pick up the kids, they will have learned a new skill.”

Tapestry of Community Offerings organizes family events to benefit and raise awareness of children in need, and the festival benefits several not-for-profit organizations. The donation to camp and attend the weekend festival goes directly to service programs including the TOCO Textile Pantry, TOCO Youth Sponsorships in the Arts, TOCO Youth Summer Camp Sponsorships, TOCO College Scholarships for Single Parents and TOCO Bear Necessities Family Adoption program. Money raised also goes to support community organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA and the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

“We want the fun to lead to a positive message for everyone, and to help those in need,” Vrooman said. “We want to set an example. But we want to let loose and party, too.”

Single-day passes range from $15 for children younger than 17, to $35 for adults. Weekend passes are $30 for children and $50 for adults. Camping options range from free primitive sites, to $75 for RV camps. To purchase tickets, make reservations or find out more information, including camping options and complete band lineup, visit tocofestival.com or call 618-257-8626.

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Toco Festival This Weekend In St. Louis

TOCO Music Fest from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11 at Jellystone Park™ Campground near Six Flags - St. Louis.  The campground is located at 5300 Fox Creek Road Eureka, MO. Camping options range from primitive to deluxe. It features music, camping, art, food, beverage vendors, campsite decorating contest, collective arts project, kids concerts and a party zone with a variety of children’s entertainment including face painting, performances and workshops. Tickets or information: tocofestival.com or call 257-8626.

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Geocaching at Forsyth, Missouri Jellystone Park™

Nestled in the scenic Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Jellystone Park™ Campground in Forsyth is a great Midwestern location for a geocache search. The campground hosts a cache on their property that is accessible for everyone, at anytime. Future park-specific events will be planned at a later date. For information about the cache at Jellystone Park Campground in Forsyth, MO go to geocaching.com and look for the cache called, “Not a Boo Boo™”.

Other Geocaching Events: With room to roam and various lodging accommodations, Jellystone Park Campgrounds are a great place to get involved in geocaching. Many Jellystone Park campgrounds have their own geocaches and participate with special geocache events and activities. Check out the other geocache events happening in 2011 at our family campgrounds.

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Beat the Heat at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts!

The dog days of summer are finally among us, and with temperatures rising, there’s no better way for your family to stay cool than in the water. With several amenities sure to please any water lover, Jellystone Parks offer a wide variety of wet and wild fun.

Water Spray Grounds are Great Summer Time Fun!

Water Spray Grounds are Great Summer Time Fun!

All of our campgrounds have sparkling pools for soaking, splashing and relaxing, but Jellystone Park’s premiere beat-the-heat play place is Yogi Bear’s Water Zone “Splash Ground.” Found at many of our parks, these playgrounds in the water add a new element of fun to the old-fashioned swimming pool. Whether it’s the mushroom shaped showers, squirting water cannons or buckets of water dumped on unsuspecting heads, everyone in the family is sure to keep cool while having a blast. There are even zero-entry levels for the smallest members of the family to safely enjoy. Just a few of the campgrounds featuring this one-of-a-kind water play include Bremen, Georgia; Robert, Louisiana; and Quarryville, Pennsylvania. For a complete listing of the campgrounds with Yogi Bear’s Water Zone, please visit Splashgrounds.

For the more daring members in your family, many of our parks have twisting, turning and gravity defying waterslides. Jellystone Parks such as Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Woodstock, New Brunswick; Waller, Texas; Marion, North Carolina and Fremont, Wisconsin have super flumes that take riders on a journey with all the thrills of a theme park, giving parents the perfect answer to the perennial kid question, “What can we do now?” For more water sliding fun filled parks, see Waterslides.

On top of all the pools, splashes, and thrilling water slide fun, some of our other Jellystone Parks offer lakes, rivers and streams which include outrageous fun like boating, fishing, rafting, and sandy beaches to wade and swim in. For our list of ways to get wet, see Family Fun.

So gather the family, beat the heat and head out to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park near you! For more information visit our website at www.campjellystone.com or call 1-800-558-2954 and take advantage of the all the wet and wild summer time fun!

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Branson Missouri RV Park Joins Jellystone Park Network

The move to join Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts is the latest move for Garry and Debbie Ingram, who have transformed Shoal’s Bend RV Resort into a family friendly campground. It was a diamond in the rough when Garry and Debbie Ingram bought the 75-site RV Park in Branson, Missouri two years ago.

“It was a popular hangout for rowdy adults, partiers and people who would stay up all night,” Debbie Ingram recalled.

But the Ingrams have changed the image of the park by getting rid of the problem guests and investing more than $80,000 in improvements, including larger campsites, upgraded campsites with patios and outdoor chimineas, new landscaping, remodeled bathrooms, a new dog walk and a 20- by 60-foot outdoor pavilion, which was completed on April 1st.

full hookup RV sites

full hookup RV sites

And now the Ingrams are raising the profile of their RV Park by joining the family friendly Jellystone Park Camp Resorts chain, the second largest campground network in the country.

Click here to read the full story about the new Jellystone RV Park in Branson, MO.

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Jellystone Parks Named “Best of the Best” Campgrounds

Four Jellystone Park campgrounds have been recognized by the Good Sam Club as being the “Best of the Best” campgrounds in North America. Each year, campgrounds are inspected and rated on three categories on a scale of 1 to 10: completeness of facilities, cleanliness and physical appearance of restrooms, and visual appeal. Only those campgrounds who rate in the top 100 of all North American campgrounds are honored as “Best of the Best.” While all Jellystone Park campgrounds pride themselves on above-average facilities and cleanliness, these locations are consistently recognized for their achievements. 

Jellystone Park campground in Frankenmuth , MI received a 9/10*/9

Jellystone Park camground in Memphis , TN received a 9.5/9.5*/9.5

Jellystone Park campground in Missoula, MT received a 9.5/10*/9

The new Jellystone Park campground near Branson, MO received a 9.5/10*/9 (this campground was formerly named Shoals Bend RV Park & Campground)

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2008 Campground Survey Winners Enjoy $500 Prize

Each year, Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts conduct a Customer Satisfaction Survey to improve our guest service and amenities. As an incentive, four lucky guests are randomly chosen from the respondents to receive a $500 cash gift card. Here’s a little about each 2008 winner and their plans for the $500 prize money. 

Nicole C. from Conover, North Carolina stayed at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Cherokee, NC with her husband and four year old son several times over the summer. The 2008 camping season was their first year camping at a Jellystone Park. They enjoy tent camping and plan to spend the winnings on some fishing supplies and new tent. Nicole says, “We like to stay beside the river and have always had a great time. Jellystone is a great family oriented campground.” 

Marie F. from Wadesville, Indiana and her husband and children camped with her brother and his family at the St. Louis, Missouri campground location in August 2008 for the first time. “The campground we stayed at was very clean and (the people) friendly. The kids enjoyed all the activities. I enjoy camping because it lets me and the family spend time together.” says Marie. She says the prize money will probably go towards another camping trip.

Arcenio G. from Forney, Texas likes tent camping with his family. They camped in July at the Hill Country, Texas campground and plan to spend some of their prize money on more camping equipment. Arcenio says, “Camping is so productive for the family to spend real quality time. We love the family atmosphere, all the amenities, the security, and activities there!”

Tabitha H. from North Carolina went tent camping in July 2008 at the Cherokee, North Carolina campground with her husband. She says, “Our first time camping at Jellystone Park was great! The park was very clean and the staff was very friendly. We enjoy camping and the outdoors very much!” The couple plans to use their winnings on another camping trip to Washington State.

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