Silver Springs Campground, located in the northeastern corner of Stow and operated by the Stow Parks and Recreation Department, is in the midst of its 40th Anniversary celebration. The campground is hosting a number of events, drawings, give-aways and more during the 2016 camping season as part of the celebration.

Kamper City, the popular RV dealership on Akron-Cleveland Road in Peninsula, will be staging an event at the campground on July 23 and 24. The dealership will be bringing out five camping models for viewing: a fifth wheel, a travel trailer, a hybrid, a pop-up and an ultra-lite. The public is invited to come out and take a tour of the new units. A member of the Kamper City staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The dealership will also be displaying and demonstrating some of the latest in camping gear. "It's a bit like a Kamper City: Show & Tell," says Parks & Rec employee Ken Barnhart. "Visitors will have a chance to see what's new on the market, and discover new camping items to enhance their next camping adventure."

The event was spearheaded by another Parks & Rec employee, Andy Kemp. "I have always loved to tour campers," Kemp confides, "to see what's new and innovative. Most of the new models seem to have a more timeless look compared to the models of the '70s."

Light refreshments will be served, including a marshmallow roast. "We'll have a campfire going so guests can roast themselves a sweet treat," says Barnhart.

Visitors will also receive a BOGO coupon for Silver Springs Campground (pay for one night on a campsite and get the second night free) good until the end of the 2016 camping season. There will also be a door prize drawing for a free two-night stay at the campground. "The coupons and door prize are good until Oct. 31, when we close down for the season," Barnhart explains.

The Kamper City event will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. The rain dates are Aug. 6 and 7. The public is invited to park at the Silver Springs Ballfield parking lot (5150 Young Road) and walk to the ballfield-side of the campground for this event.

"40 really has been the magic number this year," Barnhart comments. "We had a very well-attended Open House where we gave away 40 camping-related door prizes. We currently have a special discount on campsite fees and firewood, both involving the number 40.

"We also have two special drawings taking place this summer," Barnhart continues. "For each two-night stay at Silver Springs Campground, the camper's name goes into a drawing. Around Labor Day, we will draw 40 names and those folks will win a free two-night stay at the campground. Also, those campers who register for the five-night special will have their name placed into a separate drawing. Around Labor Day, we will draw one name and that camper will win 40 free nights of camping at Silver Springs Campground. It's all part of our 40th Anniversary celebration."

The campground seems to be off to a good start for having another record-setting year. "I've worked with the campground for a long time and I've experienced all of the recent record-breaking years," Barnhart notes. "But even I am impressed with how well this year is going. It's only fitting that we should have such a great year during our anniversary celebration." To which Kemp adds, "It's just a great place - ya gotta tell everyone."

For additional information about Silver Springs Campground, or the drawings and specials, visit www.funinstow.com, Parks & Places, Silver Springs Campground. If you click on "Campground Brochure," it will bring up map and directions, rules, site diagram and more. There is also a link to "40 Reasons To Camp At Silver Springs Campground" that will acquaint visitors with the park and facility.

"Who doesn't like shopping for a new camper? Come out and see what's new in camp equipment and re-acquaint yourself with Silver Springs Campground," says Kemp. "I hope the public comes out and gets inspired to explore the great outdoors. There is no feeling like an evening walk around the campground while people are sitting around the fire, enjoying each other's company."