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Simonton Lake sees big crowds out on the water for Fourth of July weekend

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Hundreds made their way to Simonton Lake for the Fourth of July weekend Hundreds made their way to Simonton Lake for the Fourth of July weekend
July 4th may have passed but that didn't mean the Fourth of July weekend was over for people celebrating. Simonton Lake in Elkhart was one of the places that drew lots of people for the holiday weekend.

Joel Comino and his wife spent Sunday afternoon on his brother-in-law's boat. Comino and his wife just returned from Niagara Falls.

"We were actually out East and the weather was basically nice where ever we were and bad when we left so it worked out really well for us. It's all been cooperative," Comino said.

The weather continued to do that on Sunday. Comino hit the water with others who were out on pontoons, jet skis, and people tubing. "Overall a good Fourth of July weekend. Just kind of relaxing really. Saw some fireworks," Comino said.

He and his wife planned on going to the Black Squirrel Fireworks display on Sunday night. The show was being held in his hometown of Goshen.

With all of these people coming to Simonton Lake, a place like the Flippin' Cow saw a rush of customers going their it's doors. "Business was booming all weekend long,” Flippin' Cow server and bartender Leslie Hopper said. “The last couple of weeks have been phenomenal. After a really long winter, it's been fabulous."

The holiday weekend was probably enough for the restaurant to see a rise in numbers, but an award winning item on their menu didn't hurt to have. "Our restaurant has been voted Elkhart's best burger in the Burger Wars for our Stella Moo,” Hopper said. “That with the combination of the sunshine brought tons of people out."

Hopper says between the public access areas, rented docks and the people who live near the water, there was quite a bit of traffic out at Simonton Lake. "I would say definitely hundreds of people in and out. People of all ages doing all kinds of different activities," Hopper said.

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