Roaring Run Resort in Pennsylvania Celebrates 40th Year
The private family camping RV resort, known as a Laurel Highlands destination, commences its 40th season on Memorial Day weekend.
The three-day celebration will include including hayrides, crafts for all ages, sports events, line dancing, DJ dance, bingo, movies, jewelry show, a Pampered Chef party, a s'mores roast, pancake breakfast, ice cream social and church service.
Roaring Run Resort became a membership park in 1974. Before that, it was a Boy Scout camp. While the park is open year-round for members, it kicks off its annual season every Memorial Day weekend and continues with themed weekend events and activities all summer.
The park is an engine of the local economy and offers its members amenities that most people in the area don’t know about. Roaring Run employs nearly 25 people during the summer each year. The resort sits on 80 acres and has over 200 campsites, rental cabins, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, exclusive fly-fishing access to Roaring Run Creek, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and an 18 hole mini golf course.
The current owners, Dave and Marlene Geddes, purchased Roaring Run Resort in 2000. They expanded and upgraded the Cedar Lodge, which is an adults-only recreation center, by adding a Wi-Fi cafe, a large flat screen TV, DirecTV service, comfortable furniture, and a new billiards room to the lodge. They also expanded and upgraded the entire Activities Lodge, remodeled the General Store and added new cabins.
Dave and Marlene have four children and eight grandchildren. Dave has worked in the membership camping industry for 19 years. He started in the camping industry in 1977, when he opened his own camping and sporting goods store. Dave and Marlene live locally and are described as “hands-on”