Mantua -- The annual Knights of Columbus campout is taking place this week in Mantua Township.
More than 520 years after Christopher Columbus led one of history's greatest boating and camping expeditions, hundreds of members of the Catholic fraternity named for him is gathering for a week of camping, boating, gaming and gambling -- and Mass and bingo, of course.
"It's kind of a big deal and it's being hosted by the Portage County Knights of Columbus," said event coordinator Doug Palmer. "We invite all knights and families to join us in welcoming all the people coming from across the continent."
The campout, which will welcome members from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, will be held at the Roundup Lake RV Resort and Campground on Route 82 through Aug. 8.
Palmer, the event coordinator and a member of the Rootstown Council No. 5713 said the annual event was awarded to Ohio two years ago at the national convention.
Lou Drouhard, president of the 10 councils of the Portage County chapter of the Knights, said his chapter hosted the event in 2007 as well, bringing guests to the nearby Whispering Hills resort. This is the 46th year for the event.
Along with a variety of daily activities -- swimming, volleyball, horseshoes cornhole and a euchre tournament the event features two major outings.
On Aug. 5, some guests were slated to go on a lunch cruise along the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie on the Goodtime III.
Today (Aug. 6), guests are enjoying a trip to the Hard Rock Rocksino in Cleveland for casino day.
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