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Camping with a difference takes on new meaning

While most campers are knocking down cobwebs and washing their sheets, the Sigmon family had to start from scratch.
This camp meeting is a lot different than past years.
It was not the midnight call Joy and Johnny were expecting that Thursday morning.
The Denver Fire Department contacted the Sigmons to tell them a truck crashed into their tent, which is located near the intersection of Campground Road and Catawba Burris Road.
In the middle of the night, the Sigmons had to go and survey the damage.
“The truck was still in the tent,” Joy said. “But I was more concerned that someone was hurt.”
The driver of the truck though, had fled the scene.
Both walls of the tent were damaged, and the tent had slid towards the road off its foundation. There was also some damage to the porch area.
Johnny said it took four solid days of work to get the tent back together again.
“We had a lot of volunteers who stopped to help,” Joy said.
Now with things back in place, the Sigmons are ready to start their usual traditions.
Johnny has been coming to camp meeting for 62 years. Now his children and grandchildren come along.
“We always go to the nightly services,” Joy said. “We never want to miss anything.”
Their main goal after the accident was to get the tent looking just the way it used to.
Camp meeting is a tradition they hope to keep carrying on.
“Big Week” continues at Rock Springs Camp Meeting with two services a day at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“Big Sunday,” on Aug. 14 will have services at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

by Amy Wadsworth

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