Hundreds Expected to Participate in Campground's Second Annual Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend Virtually and on Site

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Friends From Around The Country Will Help Myrtle Beach's Ocean Lakes Family Campground Celebrate 2-Year Anniversary On Facebook

Ocean Lakes Family Campground (http://www.oceanlakes.com) in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is holding its second annual Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend on April 1 and April 2. Hundreds of people who 'like' Ocean Lakes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/oceanlakesFB?v=app_4949752878) will attend the event virtually and dozens more are gathering on site to celebrate the campground's 2-year anniversary on the social networking website.

“We're thrilled that so many people are coming to celebrate this social media milestone with us during Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “There's still a few more days for guests to register, so we're eager to hear from more of our Facebook families who want to join in on the fun.”

People who 'like' the campground and who want to attend the event in person 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. Attendees will get a T-shirt, 40th birthday souvenir cups, snacks, breakfast and dinner on Saturday as well as other goodies.

Those who can’t attend in person are asked to RSVP on Facebook and can participate in drawings for prizes and in the contest for the “Best Virtual Ocean Lakes Experience.” They will be asked to create a snapshot of their virtual weekend at Ocean Lakes. Due to Facebook’s contest rules, Ocean Lakes uses the social networking app Wildfire to conduct its contests through Facebook.

“If you can’t be with us physically, we hope you join us in our virtual world and have fun creating your virtual Ocean Lakes camping experience and you have a chance to win too,” Krumm said. “Fans can use photos, their computers, whatever, to create a snapshot of their experiences.”

There will also be a prize given to the person on site at the event who is most interactive on Facebook throughout the weekend's festivities through wall posts and photo and video uploads, Krumm said. One of the newest additions this year to Ocean Lakes is free Wi-Fi on all campsites.

In-person attendees at Ocean Lakes' Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend—who hail from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia—will be invited to participate in social-media themed mixers, or “Social Meetcha’s.” They can also compete for prizes in an event called “Win It In A Minute,” based on the hit NBC show, “Minute To Win It,” as well as other contests including a mini golf tournament. Also in the lineup are the Facebook Masters mini-golf tournament, Ocean Lakes Golf Car Rodeo and an awards ceremony and weenie roast at dinner on Saturday.

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, nearly 9,000 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 http://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. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program. 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 to 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a 9.5/9/9 ranking out of 10/10/10 from the Trailer Life Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance.

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.

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