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EAST COAST’S LARGEST CAMPGROUND TO HOLD SECOND ANNUAL FACEBOOK FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND

Ocean Lakes Family Campground In Myrtle Beach To Celebrate 2 Years On Facebook

March 15, 2011, Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Ocean Lakes Family Campground (www.oceanlakes.com) in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is holding its second annual Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend April 1 and April 2. Many of those who ‘like’ Ocean Lakes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/oceanlakesFB?v=app_4949752878) from all over the country will gather for a fun-filled weekend to commemorate the campground’s 2-year anniversary on the social networking site. This unique event remains the only of its kind to take place within a campground in the United States and one of very few hosted by any business or group. It draws participants from all over the country.

“After a great event last year, we’re ready to do things even bigger and better for our devoted Facebook followers at our 2nd Annual Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “Campers in general are extremely social, so Facebook is a perfect way for them to connect with us, re-connect with each other and share their experiences at Ocean Lakes. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate our Facebook family with some fun games, contests and fellowship.”

Ocean Lakes which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year”will post video of the event activities, post photos, take polls and encourage attendees to post and share their experiences on the Facebook page. Those not in attendance will be able to view and vote on favorite videos and photos from the events. Attendees at Ocean Lakes’ Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend will be invited to participate in social-media themed mixers, or “Social Meetcha’s.” They can also compete for prizes in an event based on the hit NBC show, “Minute To Win It,” as well as other contests including a mini golf tournament.

Golf cars are an important part of Ocean Lakes’ culture and there are more than 5,000 on the 310-acre oceanfront camping resort property. For the second year, the weekend will include the “Ocean Lakes Golf Car Rodeo” in its lineup of events. Saturday night will conclude with attendees gathering for a bonfire and weenie roast.

People who ‘like’ the campground and who want to attend the event must register on the campground’s website (http://oceanlakes.thundertix.com). The registration fee is $10 for adults, $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 without paid parent admission, and free for children between 6 and 12 with paid parent admission. Those who can’t attend in person can participate on the Facebook page and will also be included in special drawings for prizes.

Since joining Facebook in April 2009, Ocean Lakes Family Campground has gained nearly 24,000 ‘likes.’ It was verified as an authentic Facebook page in February 2010 after passing the 10,000-fan mark. On average, more than 8,876 people visit the campground’s Facebook page each week with daily posts generating around 16,000 daily impressions.

For more information about Ocean Lakes Family Campground, visit www.oceanlakes.com or ‘like’ the campground on Facebook.

About Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) four times. In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites —  893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.