• 64°

Swindall#039;s RV Park area#039;s oldest

Swindall's RV Park south of Troy is the largest and oldest recreational vehicle park in the area.

The park has been in business for 40 years and now boasts 300-plus full hookup sites.

"Each site has water, sewer, electricity (20, 30, 50 amps) and cable television," said Mike Swindall, park owner. "We have a lake for fishing, a picnic pavilion and an indoor pavilion."

The 10,000-square-foot indoor facility is climate controlled and features kitchen facilities, tables and chairs for 400, an ice machine, restrooms, stage and a front porch with rocking chairs. The facility is handicapped accessible.

The facility is available for use by campers and also for private use including wedding receptions, family reunions, public information meetings, church activities, seminars and company parties.

"We have numerous camper rallies at the park for name-brand camper clubs such as Holiday Ramblers and Sam's Club," Swindall said. "We also have area and regional clubs like Alabama's Happy Travelers. And, we have some unique groups come in, like the Second Chance Club. To be a member of that club, you have to have withstood a life-threatening illness. We have a variety of RV clubs that come annually and we're adding more all along. The next big camper outing, the Alabama Fall Samboree,

is set for September 21-28. We are expecting more than 200 rigs for that one."

Swindall's RV Park is well known for it rallies and camp-o-rees but it has also widely known as the Bluegrass Music Park.

"We feature four bluegrass festival each year - the second weekends in February, June and October and the first weekend in December," Swindall said. "We bring in bands from all over the United States. We are having a special bluegrass festival this year on Aug. 22 and 23. It's the Southeast Region Showcase of Bands. We'll have about 15 outstanding bands for that one. Promoters will come to hear the bands, but the pubic is invited, too."

The Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 9, 10 and 11 will feature seven bands.