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Out-of-towners flock to Herkimer to camp and mine for Labor Day weekend

The Herkimer Diamond KOA Resort on Route 28 in Herkimer is filled to capacity once again this Labor Day weekend.

Posted: Sep 2, 2018 7:23 PM

Herkimer, N.Y - The Herkimer Diamond KOA Resort on Route 28 in Herkimer is filled to capacity once again this Labor Day weekend, and owner Renee’ Scialdo-Shevat says that’s not only good news for her and her family, but it’s great for the economy here in Central New York.

Scialdo-Shevat says there are about 1,000 people at the campgrounds, and a very high majority, about 90 percent of them, are from out of our area, “They’re not just visiting us, they’re visiting everyone else and vice versa, so it becomes a little more exponential. You get people to spend a few more nights, and it’s great for the economy that way.”

Many of those campers make their way across Route 28 to do some mining at the Herkimer Diamond Mines, also owned by Scialdo-Shevat.

Among those camping and mining is Sharon DiFederico, from Connecticut, “We come here every year for Labor Day. Our whole family comes here and we enjoy ourselves. We camp out, we like sitting around the campfire, it’s wonderful.”

Ron Sledzik brought his family to Herkimer, all the way from Toms River, New Jersey.

Sledzik says he was in the area here in Central New York for other reasons over a year ago and heard about the Herkimer Diamond Mines and Herkimer Diamond KOA Resort and booked this Labor Day weekend at the campgrounds then, “It was fully booked for this weekend last year, so we had to book a year in advance for this year.”

Sledzik says he hopes all of us here in Central New York realize what a gem we have, right in our own backyard.

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