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Pavilion in Gilford approved to expand camping for those attending live music events

GILFORD — More people will be allowed to camp overnight at the former Meadowbrook pavilion, now the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, after the town planning board gave its OK.

According to the Laconia Daily Sun, the live music venue will have to cap the number of campsites at 250 at all but four events each season. The venue also will have to work out an agreement with town officials about the rates charged by police who provide security at the events and how much Gilford officers would be reimbursed if they have to respond to an emergency.

Owner R.J. Harding said his goal is to offer package deals to people attending shows over a two- to three-night period of time. Camping previously was limited to only 12 events at the Pavilion each season.

Harding said he thinks this year the Pavilion could come close to 40 shows and his goal is to be able to offer a camping option for all of them. His site plan already allows for 1,000 campsites.

The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion has a maximum seating capacity of 9,600 but Harding said they usually only book to 9,200 when they can.

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