The RV industry continues to grow at a record pace while campgrounds and RV parks play catch up, with many adding spaces and opening new parks as quickly as the permitting process allows. However, you have nothing to fear, there are still plenty of camp spaces for everyone to get out in their RV, sometimes you just have to think outside the box. In this article, we will look at a venue few RVers think to consider when looking for a campsite – state and county fairgrounds!
Virtually every county in the United States has an annual county fair which draws people and vendors from near and far. Vendors that travel great distances typically do so in an RV. To accommodate their RV dwelling vendors, many fairgrounds have installed campsites to meet their needs. Once the annual fair is over, these sites are typically available to the RVing public like you and I.
While camping at a fairground is often a far cry from what a RV park offers in terms of amenities, let’s look at some of the advantages:
The price is right: You will find that fairgrounds are typically $10 or so less per night for the same level of utility service. Water and electric sites can still be found for $20 / night.
Grounds keeping: You are often located within the fairgrounds on nice grassy sites with room and permission to roam the balance of the kept grounds, a big plus for those that RV with their dog.
Good base camp: Fairgrounds are often centrally located to other places of interest making them a good base camp to explore from.
Other Activities: Fairgrounds often have non-fair activities going on via other user groups, especially on weekends. You might very well be able to enjoy a farmers market, horse show, fiddler’s convention or other unique and interesting event during your stay.
Fairgrounds with camping facilities are easy to find in advance, just do an online search for the “name of the county combined with”, “fairgrounds” and “camping” and you will likely land right on their campground home page. The website will also have the dates of the annual fair, so you will know when not to camp. Some examples from here in the Western Washington region include: The Washington State Fair, The Evergreen State Fair, King County Fair Grounds, Grays Harbor Fairgrounds, Jefferson County Fairgrounds and others. If you don’t know the name of the county and would like to search geographically via a map or city name visit RVparkreviews.com or other RV directory where you can find fairgrounds offering camping located in the area you want to visit along with the reviews from other RVers that have stayed there.
Fallon, NV Fairgrounds
While fairgrounds will never score 5 out of 5 stars or a perfect 10 like some plush RV resorts, they are a great option when other campgrounds in the area are booked solid, plus you never know what adventure awaits you such as the annual Red Neck Shindig held at the fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Enjoy!