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Families invited to try out camping at Medard park

PLANT CITY Families can receive camping tips and enjoy the great outdoors in November at the Great American Camp-Out.

The event is open to even those families who have no camping experience as employees of the county’s Edward Medard Regional Park will offer advice with such chores as setting up tents.

The camp-out will be from 1 p.m. Nov. 16 through 9 a.m. Nov. 17 at the park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road. The event is limited to families that have one child with them who is 12 years old or younger, county spokeswoman Kemly Jimenez Green said.

There is no fee to participate although the park has a parking charge of $2 per vehicle with up to eight people, she said.

This camp-out, hosted by the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, is perfect for those who have never camped before and want to learn how to set-up a tent, cook outdoors and learn camping skills, she said.

Campers can participate in planned activities including crafts and outdoor games, or they can simply enjoy the park on their own, Green said.

Campers should bring such items as blankets, bottled water, insect repellent, flashlights, sleeping bags or air mattress and warm clothes. Tents will be available for rent.

No pets or alcohol allowed.

The registration deadline is Nov. 13.

For information, including how to rent a tent, or to register, contact Mary Clements Fowler at the county Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, at (813) 635-3519.

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