Good turnout for Labor Day weekend

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Area campgrounds have reported a good turnout for this year's Labor Day weekend, the last hurrah for many as schools get underway and summer draws to a close.

At Roaring River State Park, Kerry Hays, assistant park superintendent, reported that the campgrounds were packed.

"Every campsite was booked for all three nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday," Hays said. "We had over a 10 percent increase over last year's attendance.

"The weather was beautiful," Hays continued. "We had several good programs over the weekend, and they all had very good attendance."

Hays also noted that over the course of the weekend, he observed several family reunions taking place at the park.

Enjoying the end of summer at RRSP Park visitors of all ages took advantage of the last days of summer by enjoying outdoor activities at Roaring River State Park this weekend. The Labor Day holiday drew a large number of families to the local trout fishing park. Photo by Kerry Hays/Missouri Department of Natural Resources

"There were lots of people and lots of fun," Hays said. "For everybody."

At Eagle Rock Marina, Darrel Tillford reported that this past weekend did not set a record for visitors, but it was one of the top three or four weekends on record.

"Most people started arriving late Saturday afternoon," Tillford said. "I credit that to school starting and football games on Friday night. Sunday was the better of the two days.

"We had really good weather with no rain, and no injuries," he added.

At Big M Marina, owner Brian Dixon reported average numbers for the holiday weekend.

"We had tremendous weather for camping," Dixon said. "We did see a lot of people out and moving around. But overall, I'd say it was a good solid average for a Labor Day weekend."

Campbell Point Marina saw an increase in the volume of boat traffic over the course of the holiday weekend.

"The extremely hot weather finally broke, and people were refreshed to get out and enjoy it," said owner Gene Stimble. "The lake was up, we had really good weather and this is probably the busiest Labor Day weekend I've ever seen."

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