frontier town

The staged gun show is one of the most popular events at Frontier Town, a western-style park and campground in Berlin.

(March 20, 2020) A proposal for an additional 112 campsites and associated amenities at Frontier Town Campground, located on Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611) in Berlin, was reviewed by the Worcester County Technical Review Committee on Wednesday, March 11.

During a post-meeting interview, attorney Hugh Cropper said that the area of the future campsites was rezoned to accommodate the expansion and the pump station was sized accordingly. The 560-site campground added 101 sites last year, bringing it to 661 total. 

“Frontier Town is expanding the campground to accommodate its growing business,” Cropper said. “It has always been part of their master plan to expand the campground.” 

The project has also already established forest conservation areas. 

Cropper said he will be requesting 38 Mystic Harbour Sanitary Service Area equivalent dwelling units from the Worcester County Commissioners. The project will then go to the Worcester County Planning Commission for final site approval. 

Cropper said that if all goes as planned, the campsites will be available for the 2021 summer season. 

Carrie Coster, general manager for Frontier Town, said that this expansion will get people off waiting lists for the campground. 

“We have a lot of returning guests so it will give people an opportunity to get in when at one time they could not,” Coster said. 

The campground sees a few thousand visitors each year and is usually sold out from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to Coster. 

The Western Theme Park celebrated 60 years at Frontier Town in 2019. Built in 1959 by Bill Patten and Bill Pacey, the park was created during a time when the Old West was growing in popularity.

Frontier Town expanded within five years, with the campground opening in 1963. Since then, a waterpark, Pony Island Arcade & Gifts, Pony Espresso and Creamery, an activity pool with a stagecoach slide, the Poolside Grill and the High Ropes Adventure Park and Zip Lines have been added.

Two of its biggest attractions are the staged gun shows and Can-Can dances. 

“It’s definitely a family campground for all ages because we have a little bit of everything,” Coster said. 

It is scheduled to open April 10 and close Dec. 1. For more information, visit campground.frontiertown.com or call 410-641-0880.  

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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