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Potato Creek State Park visitors enjoying weather for Memorial Day weekend

Thousands of visitors are expected at Potato Creek State Park for the Memorial Day weekend Thousands of visitors are expected at Potato Creek State Park for the Memorial Day weekend
The sun was out and the temperatures were on the rise for the Memorial Day weekend. People were out enjoying the weather and a popular place to do so was at Potato Creek State Park.

Park Naturalist, Tim Cordell expects over a thousand visitors for the holiday weekend. "Memorial Day weekend is the kick off, the unofficial opening of summer. Weather like this, how can you go wrong? This is like perfect," Cordell said.

Some of those visitors included the Melendez family. "Beautiful sun and the weather, we brought the kids and the dog out here today just to enjoy the weather and the beautiful park,” Sherry Melendez said.

She and her family made the hour driver from Kouts, Indiana to enjoy a picnic at the park. They were excited for the weather they got to experience while at the state park. "It's been so cold. Just two, three weeks ago we're talking it's 40 degrees, furnace back on so this is great," David Melendez said.

The Melendez family was at the park just for the day, but others were spending the weekend at the campgrounds. One of those campers included John McGuire. He says between family and friends, they had about ten camp sites booked through the weekend. "I couldn't wait to get down here on Friday and get set up and just sit down and relax in the nice weather," McGuire said.

People say the Memorial Day weekend was even more enjoyable because of the not-so-friendly weather in the recent past for the holiday. "Two years ago a big storm came through and blew a bunch of tents around and we had hail. Everyone had to run to the storm shelter which is the bathroom so this is a whole lot better than that," McGuire said.

Besides families having picnics and those set up at the campgrounds, others were out biking. Some were on paddle boats and a few even took a dip at the beach. With the weather as nice as it was, it was not too surprising to Cordell.

"Make hay while the sun shines is the old saying. That's what I would say," Cordell said.

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