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Families celebrate Labor Day weekend at the campground


With the hot weather we've had lately, it's hard to believe summer is almost over.

It's Labor Day weekend and eventhough the kids are back in school, the holiday offers time for families to reconnect before the cool weather sets in.

Parents, grandparents and kids found plenty of ways to relax at Potato Creek State Park for Labor Day weekend.

Camping, biking and some delicious caramel apple decorating are just some of the activities families are partaking in.

For Stephanie Neal and her five kids, the park is part learning lab too.

"We look at the trees, the bugs and try to identify everything. They're 4-H kids so we're trying to learn and they can ride around on their bikes in circles and have a great time," says Neal

Neal has been coming with her family since her 11-year-old was just a baby.

Their family isn't the only one making repeat visits to the campgrounds.

"We've got a group of about six or seven families that come out. We just made it an annual thing to do," says camper Jack Wilhite

Wilhite's grandson Carson got in on the tradition this year too.

His favorite activity is playing catch.

A whole weekend to toss the ball around in a park that Wilhite and Neal both say is perfect for a weekend camping trip.

Wilhite says, "Potato Creek is a really nice campground--nice and wide open, lots of space and it's rather quiet. "

Neal says, "Oh it's great. The kids can run around and act crazy and be kids and we just came from the beach and there's lots of activities here."

A beach and some family time, not a bad way to enjoy the last holiday of the summer.

Wilhite told us the cost of gas was one reason he stayed nearby for Labor Day.

The high prices could have influenced some of the other campers too. According to employees at the park, the family campgrounds are very full this year.

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