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2009 Freedom Days
Texas Association of Campground Owners
News Release
Wednesday, June 17, 2009



CROWLEY, Texas, June 17, 2009 ΜΆ Independence Day is just a little over three weeks away, but there are still plenty of RV and tent sites and cabin rentals available at campgrounds and RV parks throughout Texas and New Mexico. 

“We’ve set up a special section of our website at to help people quickly find parks that have available campsites and cabins over July 4th weekend,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which also represents private parks in New Mexico.

Parks with available RV and tent sites and cabins include Crockett Family Resort, an RV park and marina along Houston County Lake, a popular bass fishing spot between Houston and Dallas.

Carefree RV Resorts has properties in Austin and San Antonio, on I-35 and I-10 respectively, that have both RV sites and cabins available.

Schaeffer said many campgrounds and RV parks are offering special activities to celebrate America’s Independence Day, while others are in close proximity to special events nearby, including fireworks displays.

Triple Creek RV Music Park in Woodville, for its part, will be celebrating its Annual Watermelon Thump on July 4th. “That means we play ‘games’ with watermelons that day, such as watermelon decorating, bowling, seed spitting, racing, and, most of all, eating!” said park owner Karen McConnell.

Mitchell RV Park and Resort in Perrin will celebrate the holiday with three days of activities, which will include a family parade and various family games as well as an appearance by ‘Elvis’. RV sites and cottages were still available at the time of this writing.

Meanwhile, the Amarillo KOA will be celebrating July 4th weekend with prizes being awarded to campers who show their best “explosion” of patriotic colors at their campsite.

Some parks are close to special events nearby, including Belton RV Park in Belton, which is located next to the 85th Annual 4th of July PRCA Rodeo at the Bell County Expo Center. 

Canton I-20 RV Park, for its part, has plenty of RV and tent sites available for people who would like to visit Canton’s First Monday Trade Days, one of the largest outdoor flea markets in the country.

Even larger numbers of campsites are available at parks in the Rio Grande Valley. “We have about 200 RV sites available for 4th of July weekend,” said Geraldine R. Smith, manager of Lakewood RV Resort in Harlingen.

Schaeffer said includes a searchable database and online booking capability for nearly 400 private campgrounds in every region of Texas as well as several parks in New Mexico.

“We have almost 50 full service sites available for the July 4th weekend,” said Paul Stager, owner of Roadrunner RV Park in Deming, N.M., adding, “The fireworks show is visible from the park for free. We are also the only RV park in Deming with tent sites, and 21 of them are available.”

Schaeffer encourages travelers to pick up a free copy of the 2009 edition of the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide, a four-color, glossy magazine that lists more than 400 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and New Mexico. The directory, which is available at campgrounds, Texas Travel Information Centers, chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus and RV shows, includes a Texas Saver Card, which provides 10% to 15% discounts at participating parks. The Guide and Saver Card can be ordered online at

For help locating industry sources, statistics and other information about camping trends in Texas, please contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit

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