2015 Pennsylvania Mountain Pie Championship

PA moutain pie contest entriesGRATZ, Pa. — The first ever statewide Mountain Pie Championship was held on Sept. 26, during the Gratz Fair in Gratz, Pa., just north of Harrisburg, Pa. The championship was open to winners at privately owned Pennsylvania campgrounds that held contests across the state this summer.

The two contests, “Sweet” and “Savory,” were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association and Lerch RV from Milroy, Pa.

Mountain Pie Championship held at Gratz FairThe “Sweet” category winner was Melissa Umbrell, Enola, Pa., representing Jonestown/ Hershey KOA, Lickdale, Pa. Her entry was a “Banana Split Mountain Pie.” Her recipe is as follows:

Banana Split Mountain Pie


2 slices of white bread
2 tsp butter
1 large sliced strawberry
1/8 banana – sliced
9 mini marshmallows
1 fun sized Hershey bar – broken

Optional Garnish

Chopped nuts, sprinkles, whipped cream, cherry


Butter one side of two slices of bread
Place one slice of bread, butter side down, in mountain pie maker
Layer all ingredients on top of bread
Place one slice of bread, butter side up, in mountain pie maker
Close mountain pie maker and place in campfire
Cook until bread is golden brown
Place on plate and garnish
Serve with a smile

Second place was Braidyn Rumsey from Canton, Pa., representing Tanglewood Campground in Covington, Pa. His entry was called “Double Chocolate Delight” and featured a brownie and marshmallow cream garnished with cherry pie filling and peanut M&Ms.

The “Savory” category winner was Margie Wevodau from Carlisle, Pa., also representing Jonestown/Hershey KOA, Lickdale, Pa. Her entry was a “Reuben Mountain Pie.” This recipe is:

Reuben Mountain Pie


2 slices of rye bread – buttered
2 slices of baby Swiss cheese
2 T Thousand Island dressing
½ cup of sauerkraut
3-4 oz. corned beef – sliced


Spread butter on outside of the bread
Place one slice, butter side down, in a warmed pie iron
Layer one slice of cheese, corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut
Top with another slice of cheese
Place the other slice of bread on top, butter side up
Close and place in campfire until bread is golden brown.


Second place was Rhonda Thomas from Preston, Md., representing Spring Gulch Camping Resort in New Holland, Pa. Her entry was a “Turkey/Bacon/Cheese Pie,” also featuring Thousand Island dressing.

Third place was Holly Seidel from Tyrone, PA, representing Pioneer Campground in Muncy Valley, Pa. Her entry was “Pie Iron Tacos” with a corn tortilla base.

The other three entries that were scrumptious, but did not place, were “Chicken Florentine, Pie Iron Style” by Steve Gallagher, Elmer, N.J., representing Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort in Waymart, Pa; “Sam’s Special Sammich,” a pork melt by Sam Ulrich from Pottsville, Pa., representing Rosemount Campground in Tamaqua, Pa; and “Alyssa’s Cheese Steak Pie,” by Charles Muller from Hammonton, N.J., representing Otter Lake Camp Resort in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Mountain Pie Championship held at Gratz FairA panel of six qualified judges evaluated the entries based on the following categories: Flavor, Filling, Crust, Appearance and Creativity. Prizes were $500 cash for both first place winners, $100 in PCOA gift certificates for second place and a $50 gift certificate for third place.

A total of 37 campgrounds scheduled contests at their facility during the season. The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association extends a special thank you to Lerch RV for co-sponsoring the contest, the Gratz Fair for providing their facilities and fair passes for the individual campground winners and Dutter Sound Services from New Oxford, Pa., for providing the sound system and acting as the official fire tender.

SOURCE: PCOA press release

2015 Hershey RV Show – America’s Largest RV Show

The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this year’s event – set for Sept 16-20 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. – should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

2014 Hershey RV Show - Sept 16-20,2015America’s Largest RV Show has been featured on cable TV Shows on several different channels.  The show has become a destination for many consumers and industry experts.  Where else can a camping or RV enthusiast find everything they desire to see.   From lightweight tow behind folding tent trailers to high-end luxury motor coaches.

Once again this year, Lerch RV will be representing one of the fastest growing brands in the industry today, Highland Ridge RV.  The new home to all Open Range RV products, this year’s Highland Ridge RV display will boast sixteen travel trailers and fifth wheel RVs.  The display area is wide open, easily navigable by families with strollers.

New this year, Lerch RV will also be representing the Springdale and Summerland  brands built by Keystone RV.  This traditional ‘stick and tin’ built travel trailers represent a fantastic price for those budget minded camping families.  All without sacrificing features that campers have come to enjoy and expect in their new RVs.

We invite you to join us September 16-20, at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  And take in the wonderful spectacle that is America’s Largest RV Show.

PA Mountain Pie Championship

2015 Mountain Pie Championship

sponsored by Lerch RV and PAcamping.com

 Pennsylvania mountain pie championship,Lerch RV

Do you have what it takes to be the…
2015 Mountain Pie Champion of Pennsylvania?

Mountain Pies, Hobo Pies, or Camper Pies, whatever you call those tasty little gems that are a campfire favorite, are going to take center stage during the 2015 camping season. Participating Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association member’s campgrounds will feature a good old-fashioned culinary competition at their campground one day during the 2015 camping season.

Using three judges, each participating PCOA campground will choose two winners. Those winners will be eligible for the state competition to be held during the Gratz Fair on Saturday afternoon, September 26, 2015. The village of Gratz is located in Dauphin County, just 35 miles north of Harrisburg, Pa.
Judging Criteria for the 2015 Mountain Pie Contest

  1. Flavor consisting of aroma, taste, good balance and of course, overall flavoring ….. 30 points
  2. Consistency of filling, correct doneness and overall moistness ….. 25 points
  3. Crust – color, texture, doneness ….. 20 points
  4. Overall visual appeal. Does the pie look appetizing? ….. 15 points
  5. Creativity. How creative is the pie? Including plate presentation ….. 10 points


For more information visit a participating PCOA campground or head on over to PAcamping.com.

AAA sees Gas Prices Falling for Summer 2015

Lower gas prices may be on the way for U.S. consumers by this summer if refinery maintenance ends smoothly and crude oil remains relatively cheap, AAA said in a news release.Gas pump with money  As reported by the St. Augustine Record, the travel company’s release said it is even possible that gas prices will return to near $2 per gallon in some areas, as long as there are no unexpected problems in the meantime.


AAA does not expect the national average to rise above $3 per gallon this year. “There is a real hope that gas prices could drop significantly in time for the busy summer driving season,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “The overall outlook looks good for drivers, and with any luck we will avoid the types of problems that often lead to higher gas prices at this time of year.”  Many refineries have completed seasonal maintenance, though unexpected problems could still occur. Many refineries and wholesalers will switch to more expensive summer-blend gasoline by May 1 to meet EPA clean air regulations.


The cost of crude oil is likely to be the most important factor influencing gas prices over the next few months. At the close of Friday’s formal trading, WTI settled at $49.55 per barrel — 68 cents higher than the week before. Many experts believe that crude oil prices may drop further due to abundant supplies, but international conflict, declining production or other issues could result in higher prices.
This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com

A cheaper way to see the USA.

Volunteering in our Nation’s parks.

Rob Nurre playing the role of Frank Davey, a turn-of-the-century storekeeper in Garnet, waits for a young customer to choose her candy. Photo by David Abrams, BLM, Western Montana Zone

You could camp this Summer at Yellowstone National Park for a mere $22.50 a night, if you can get the reservations, or you could park your RV free by volunteering as a campground host.  This is just one of the hundreds of volunteer opportunities that come with some sort of lodging via the National Park Service this year.

To learn more about volunteering benefits, read this great article by Money Talk News…… READ MORE

2015 York RV & Camping Show – March 20-22

It’s RV Showtime again in York, Pennsylvania!

2015 York RV  campers world RV Show, March 20-22,2015Whatever your family camping budget is, the York RV Show will have your dream RV.  Join Pennsylvania’s largest tow-able RV dealer, Lerch RV, at the upcoming show for great sale prices.  Whatever your interest or budget, we will have plenty of tow-able travel trailers and fifth wheels on display.  From entry-level Summerland travel trailers, family value minded Springdales, to the full luxury of camping the Open Range 3X with three-inch thick side walls.

2015 York Campers World RV Show Map

Find us in Memorial Hall East Building B.

The 2015 York RV Campers World Show is at a later time this year.  This means you have less of a time to wait till Spring camping season to begin after your purchase.  Resorts, campgrounds, and RV lifestyle accessories surround the RV displays with vacation destination ideas plus fun. During the show you will find bingo games for free weekends of camping, camper games, instant door prizes, camping package prizes and strolling clowns to entertain children of all ages.

Lerch RV will have the it’s annual large display of over 20+ travel trailer and 5th wheel RVs for your browsing enjoyment.  Offering show only deals and pricing.  Do no miss the chance to take advantage of pre-season pricing on great brands like Summerland, Springdale, Sprinter, Open Range 3X, Light, Roamer, Journeyer, Fuzion, Impact, and much more.

Great RV deals, the newest floor plan offerings, great campgrounds, and great food make the York RV Show a must to attend.  I can not wait to have some famous Bricker’s French Fries.

2015 York RV Show Coupon

Save a few buck$ with this coupon.


RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

Harrisburg, Pa. – Two preview hikes will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run, according to Gant Daily.  These are hikes at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges, Gant Daily explained.  The first preview hike is June 28. It will be at Pequea Creek Campground and is approximately 12 miles. Gant Daily noted hikers should bring water and lunch. The second preview hike is July 12. It will be at Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground and is approximately 15 miles. Hikers should meet at Otter Creek Campground at 9 a.m.

– Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett, wants to balance the budget, in part by leasing state park and forest acreage for gas development. Not so fast, say two former officials for state parks and natural resources departments. The two officials spoke in court on behalf of an environmental group trying to put a stop to the idea.

– Three new one-hour episodes of Extreme RVs will air this Sunday evening, June 15, on the Travel Channel, including a massive toy hauler, a $2 million custom Prevost, and a Sprinter van conversion.

St. Cloud, Minn. — Pleasureland RV Center owner Dan Pearson has come to the assistance of law enforcement once again, this time footing the bill for a bloodhound that replaces one who used to work for the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office until it died unexpectedly late last year, the St. Cloud Times reported.

– As of June 9, advanced reservations for the Father’s Day weekend (June 13 to 15) were running 5.6 percent ahead of the same period in 2013. A total of 22,150 reservations had been made, representing a total of 56,100 camping nights.

Anaconda, Mont. — Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said a camper discovered a jawbone Tuesday night at the Warm Springs Creek Campground, Mont., according to NBC Montana.Police and a medical examiner were called to the scene, and also found ribs in the dirt, NBC Montana reported.  Barkell said he believes the site may be an old settler or tribal burial ground. NBC Montana noted the Montana Historical Society has taken over the scene, Barkell said, and will run tests to determine how old the bones are.

Butte, Mont. — At least seven mobile home owners have been told to leave the KOA in Butte, leaving some who have lived there for years scrambling to find another place, according to The Montana Standard.  Joseph Tice, a new majority owner of the campground off of Kaw Avenue, had a letter distributed to them last week explaining the final conversion of the property to an overnight campground was beginning. He is giving them 90 days to leave, The Montana Standard reported.  Tice said KOA, which oversees the national franchise business, said KOAs are more successful if operated solely as overnight campgrounds so he has decided to stop renting spaces to mobile homes on a monthly basis, The Montana Standard explained.

Minneapolis, MN — High school carpenters have nearly finished three camper cabins for the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, and they are on schedule to be trucked out to the park in July, Star Tribune explained.
Over the school year, 41 students came from their high schools to take construction trades classes at Dakota County Technical College, where they built the one-room cabins, according to Star Tribune. Their free labor made the cabins affordable for Dakota County, allowing the county to add the popular overnight getaways as a key draw for the new 425-acre park, set to open in September, Star Tribune reported.

– Campers have discovered what appears to be an ancient elephant skull at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.  “State Parks and other agencies are investigating the find of what appears to be a tusk and skull of a prehistoric elephant,” said State Parks Director Tommy Mutz in a news release from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.  The release characterized the find as a possible stegomastodon. According to the University of Nebraska State Museum, which helped in the excavation of a stegomastodon found in Nebraska, the species went extinct around 1.3 million years ago.  Paleontologists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are working with State Parks and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation staff to safeguard, investigate and potentially excavate the fossil as soon as possible, the release states.  Campers reported the find to authorities, said Dr. Robert Stokes, State Parks Archaeologist.  “State and federal law prohibit the removal of archeological, paleontological and botanical specimens from Elephant Butte Lake State Park,” Stokes said.  Once the investigation is complete, State Parks will work with other agencies to provide the public with information about the age and type of fossil skull found, the release states.


~News from The Weird~

~ updateKristian Horn, who used to be a purchasing agent for RV manufacturer Forest River, has been sentenced to three years in prison. An Indiana court found him guilty of stealing company materials and selling them at about a third of their original price. Horn will also be paying restitution.

~ Update on RVers who scooped up a newborn seal pup on a California beach and were making a getaway. Two volunteers from Monterey, California’s Marine Mammal Center got a tip about the seal-napping, gave chase in their BMW and somehow contacted the RV driver by phone. The RVer agreed to stop, and the duo found the seal stashed under a pile of dirty clothes. “Beemer Cruise” is being readied for a future return to the wild. It’s not clear if the RVer will be charged.

~ If Zibby Wilder has her way, you may soon stay at Chillville in an Air-stream. The food-and-wine writer wants to set up five “amenity rich” Air-stream trailers on Walla Walla, Washington’s airport industrial property to form a “glamping” resort complete with a communal gas fire-pit, pétanque courts and picnic tables. No other RVs would be allowed admittance.

~ A man stole a motor-home north of Seattle, Wash., then led several law enforcement agencies on a wild chase for an hour, driving through oncoming traffic then smashing into five cars and two homes in Granite Falls, Wash. The thief abandoned the rig then ran several blocks while shedding his clothes. He barged into a house and when the occupants refused his request for clothing, he took a pair of women’s jeans and a top and ran out of the house into the open arms of police. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Petersburg, Ky. – Authorities said an alleged campsite burglar and vandal was arrested Tuesday after he was found face down in Boone County cornfield, FOX 19 reported.
The man, identified as 35-year-old Luthor Robinson, was reportedly wearing shorts taken from the campsite. The shorts were belted with a cable television wire cut from one of the sites, FOX 19 explained.
Authorities told FOX 19 most of the stolen property was recovered, including two guitars, a handgun, two flat screen televisions, a portable boom box and a battery jump box. Damage to the sites included broken windows, kicked in doors, two jet skis sunken and damaged boat controls.


Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!