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Memorial Day Camping at Knoebels

Tens of thousands of people are expected to spend at least part of their Memorial Day weekend at campgrounds in Pennsylvania.

Going camping on Memorial Day weekend is a tradition for many. A popular spot is Knoebels Campground near Elysburg. Some prefer the luxury of an RV, while others stay in tents.

“Roughing it. We love it,” said Gary Fissel. He and his family camp at Knoebels Amusement Resort every year. They bring their own food and spend time together, sitting by a fire. “This is a family tradition for the last 25 years. It’s usually about 15 to 20 of us here. We have three corner sites and look forward to coming every year.”

A spokesperson for Knoebels said there are 600 campsites and they are booked solid for Memorial Day weekend. Debbie Adler said it’s an inexpensive way to have a family vacation, and kick off the summer.

“We go in the amusement park, we go swimming, and we have a big family dinner. Everybody cooks on the barbecue grills. We just have a blast,” Adler said.

A spokesperson for Knoebels said this weekend the population of the campground exceeds the population of Elysburg. Campers said they come from all over the country.

“We’re from the Frederick, Maryland area, about 10 miles outside of Frederick,” said Dwayne Bichner. The Bichner family has camped at Knoebels on Memorial Day for over 30 years. “This is months in the planning, the kids decide what rides we’re going on first. How we’re going to go through the park. This is looked forward to every Memorial Day.” 

Campers said what they look forward to most of all is going on all the rides at Knoebels Amusement Resort.


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