Ok folks, I've dug up the info on this.
When: Memorial Day Weekend (Friday to Monday, sometimes open early on Thursday).
Where: Fredericksburg, PA
What: Annual Hershey Roamer Campout/Rally
Who: Anyone who wants to come. Groups welcome. Will try to park together.
Typical attendance: 60-90 units. NEED MORE THAN LAST YEAR (63) FOR EVENT TO BE CONTINUED!!
It is held at a Fireman's Park in Fredericksburg, PA (Northern Lebanon Co). The camping club in charge is The Hershey Roamers. They are a small group, but work really hard at putting on a nice weekend. Other groups have run it over the years. The price really hasn't changed much since I was in high school for attending. Units are parked in the field. It is dry-camping. There are restrooms, but not real fancy, just flush toilets and running cold water for washing hands. There is a small playground, sandbox (which the kids practically live in all weekend), baseball field, band shell, and some outbuildings which the club running the show uses for a concession stand and raffle ticket booth. Really nice raffle prizes too, about 40 of them. Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday nights. One night entertainment is geared for the 30-50 age range, other night is for the 60 and above crowd. They try to please all. Sunday church service. They rig up a PA system so announcements can be heard by everyone.
Itinerary generally looks like this:
Registration, set up and hospitality at 8:30pm (generally cookies and punch/coffee). No entertainment on Friday.
When you send in your mail registration, if you want to camp with others, you either send them all at the same time, or put the group/club name that you'd like to be parked with. When you arrive, the registration family gives you a welcome packet full of freebies, a trash bag and event itinerary and your Chicken BBQ tickets if you ordered them. They will take you to your site/area if you are unfamiliar. They do generally put your group in the same spot every year unless you request somewhere else.
8-9am: Registration for all games
Games begin at 9:30 or so. Horseshoes, quoits, washer toss, bean bag toss, kids games. Go all day. Generally, volleyball competition is Sunday unless there are a lot of teams. In recent years it has not been a problem.
7pm: Entertainment till 9:30 or 10 w/ a break for hospitality at 8:30.
The neighborhood across the street (about 80 homes, maybe less) do a big yard sale on Saturday. We normally walk over there to check it out. Sometimes the games start before we get back. Too much lolligagging on our parts [
10am: Church service (You can smell the chicken BBQ all during the service as it cooks away. Yum!!)
12 noon: Chicken BBQ is ready for lunch.
1pm: Volleyball competition starts. Games from previous day are completed if necessary.
2pm: Bingo in pavillion
5pm: End of Raffle ticket buying.
6pm: Raffle announcements (they've gone to drawing the tickets and taping them up on poster board and hanging them on one of the buildings. It's much faster than calling all the numbers).
7pm: Entertainment till 10pm
Pack up and go home.
Honey dipper available for a small fee on way out of park.
Trash dumpster located behind the baseball back stop for putting trash bags. Hopefully they will have a recycle area soon.
We have a great time. I've been going to that campout since I was 4 or 5. We now camp with friends we met way back then. And I think (I hope anyway), that my DD has as much fun there as I always did.
If you are interested in camping with us, let me know. As soon as I get the registration form in the mail, I will scan it and forward it to anyone that wants to go.
Alcohol is allowed at your site only. Needs to be discreet and all involved need to remain in control.
I love camping this weekend. I hope there is some interest among the members to attend. Need more attendees or the Roamers will cancel the campout