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    Families turned out in large numbers for Father’s Day Weekend 2015 at Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations throughout North America, KOA said in a written announcement.

Final results show this year’s Father’s Day Weekend camping was up nearly 13% in camper nights over last year’s totals. Each year, participating KOA campgrounds allow children to camp free on Father’s Day Weekend. 

KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend event May 8-9 started the summer season’s strong performance, with an increase of 5.5% in reservations. Canada’s Victoria Day Weekend on May 16-18 was up nearly 13%. Memorial Day Weekend came next, with a nearly 7% climb in reservations compared to 2014.  

Year to date, short-term camper nights at KOA are up nearly 11% for the entire North American system. 

There are no signs that the strong 2015 summer camping season will slow down. KOA reservations for the remainder of the peak summer season are up 10%. The July 4th holiday weekend is also expected to be up about 4% over the strong numbers experienced in 2014. 

KOA is celebrating its 53rd Anniversary in 2015. KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with 485 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont., in 1962.