• By John Davis

Guest opinion: Camp is an asset to the county

Camp on the Kentucky - wow, who would have thought that this little RV park/campground, nestled on the Kentucky River, would start such a display of fireworks, make the front page even? As well, I am certain that my comments during my BOA hearing were not well represented. I am not certain the tourists that patronize our distilleries, horse farm tours, wineries, stores, B&Bs, and restaurants would appreciate being called gypsies and trailer park trash. I'm certain if the word got out, these people would find other, more accepting places to spend their millions of dollars that they leave here in Woodford County every year as tourists. I myself do not know that much about gypsies, but I have been through trailer parks working as a government regulator and I don't recall seeing a quarter million-dollar trailer in any of those parks, like I see in mine. I think there is a misconception of what today's RV park/campgrounds are, especially ours. Our park is a family place; I mean a place where everyone that visits is treated like family. We have met great people in our seven years of all ethnicities and from all over the globe. Most all have given great reviews to us and Woodford County. Most have returned at some point since their initial stay. Today, RV parks house people who want to see new places, experience new things, be somewhere during cold months, some for hot months, some for temporary work, some just to get away, some because they love the water and some just passing through. These folks want a safe, friendly place to bring their camper so they enjoy Woodford County and be happy. Camp on the Kentucky doesn't stop at providing a place for tourists and visitors to stay while they spend money in our beautiful county, we are also involved in the community of Nonesuch. In the past years, we have participated in the Nonesuch Fall Festival Parade, donated our campus repeatedly for Nonesuch Days (the annual fall festival), hosted fishing tournaments for Cops for Kids, and held annual open camper/community appreciation crawfish boils, fish fries and pig roasts. We have also taken dinners to the local elders during holidays, organized trunk-or-treats, actively participated in the Woodford County fair display at the Kentucky State Fair, voluntarily managed the boat ramp to make it safe for people that use it, and helped numerous stranded tourists who use our beautiful river. We currently have planned an entire year of toys for kids collections for local families for 2017, and we support our local businesses, especially the Nonesuch Grocery. We do this not for profit, but because we love the place and the people. I'm sure I have left several things out: oh yeah - we are good neighbors and good people. We are located in a secluded area on the bank of the Kentucky River in the beautiful Palisades area - out of sight and hearing of any neighbors or absentee landowners. We provide an opportunity for tourists, visitors, and locals who choose to come to Woodford County in their recreational vehicles and campers to stop, stay, and enjoy. The flow of the Kentucky River and the scenic beauty of the Palisades - just like the tourism, economy and welcoming nature of Nonesuch, Versailles and Woodford County - do not stop for four months out of the year. Anyway, I'm not much for bragging but, Camp on the Kentucky is awesome and will continue to do what we do to make the community of Nonesuch and Woodford County great. John Davis is the owner of Camp on the Kentucky.

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