24832 Rock Falls Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Molly Habben, speaking about the founders of Ruffit Park
A place to disconnect
Ruffit Park was originally opened in 1965 by Chuck and Maxine Gaumer. The two of them wanted to have a place for families to come and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They wanted kids to be kids, play outdoors, get dirty, and go to bed tired. Their philosophy was that you did not need all the niceties and could have just as much fun “ruffin’ it.” Even after Chuck’s passing Maxine, along with her four boys, continued to manage the campground. She was affectionately known as the Candy Lady behind the counter and she loved to visit with all the families that camped at the park.
Fast forward to 2022, my husband and I would love to see Ruffit Park offering the same sort of escape for families that my great aunt Maxine provided for so many years. We hope to provide a place where parents can relax and socialize, and kids can come to be away from electronics and play, like kids should.
We have plans to open a general store, an arcade room, and in the near future, re-open the pool. Lots of ideas and plans have scrolled through our minds as we think about what the future holds for the campground. We’ve looked at past events that the campground has held and hope to have some of them return very soon. It may take us some time to get there, but we are excited to see it all come together and to welcome new and ‘old’ Ruffit Park campers alike!
~ Molly Habben, Owner
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Please join us for Ruffit Park's 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival! Bring the family out for a day of fun! (or to camp for the weekend) We will have something for the whole family to enjoy! Inflatables and carnival style games for the kids, a craft show for Mom, a bags tournament for Dad. Craft show begins at 10 and ends at 3. Bags tournament signup ends at 12 and the tournament starts at 1. Inflatables are 10-5. Don't worry Mom's, we have lunch covered! OORAH BBQ and Britos Grill will be onsite along with Big Puffs Cotton Candy, Kokomos shaved Ice, and Main Squeeze Lemonade!
2pm- Kid's Toy Boat Race!
Wooden toy boat kits will be available to purchase in the store. Or you are more then welcome to build your own toy boat! We will race them in the creek starting line is at the beach!
6pm- Bingo! come to the store at 6pm to play bingo and have a chance at winning prizes!
***We will also be raffling off a picnic table on Sunday June 18th at 1pm!***
July 4th decorating contest- Go all Red, White and Blue at your campsite! We will judge all participating sites Sunday at 3pm. 1st place will win a prize!
Retreat Entertainment will be there July 1st and 2nd from 10-5 with bounce houses and water slides.
Big puffs cotton candy will be at the campground July 2nd from 10-5 with sweet treats for the kids.
Bags tournament will be held July 1st at 1pm. Double elimination $5.00 per player. Blind Draw partners. Sign in at the Campground store by noon.
50/50 Raffle that will be drawn on Sunday the 2nd 1pm. $1.00 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00
All events open to the public.
9AM- Donuts with Mom!
Stop in to the store for Donuts! All Mom's get their donut for free!
10:30AM- Mother's Day Craft for kids! All kids are welcome to come to the kids corner in the store to make their moms a cute craft! It will be $3.00 to participate in the craft. (This will cover the cost of the craft supplies.)
2:00-5:30PM- 15 Minute Chair Massages There will be 15 minute chair massages available for moms for $15.00! It is recommended that you sign up as there is only so many time slots available! Sign up by messaging the Ruffit Park Facebook page or in person at the store!
We are raffling off this cooler at our Fall Fest on October 15! The winner will be drawn at 4:30 pm. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets will be $15 each and can be purchased in person or through Venmo. It is a brand new Yeti cooler!