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Heat not a worry for Labor Day campers

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 Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer.
 We know a lot of you were able to relax with family and friends today.
 Some of you are at home, others are at campgrounds.
 With as hot as it's been lately, we thought people might shy away from camping this weekend.
 But we did some checking and found that is not the case.

 Honestly, the great outdoors haven't been all that great lately.
 For a lot of the Summer, we've been stuck in a triple digit dilemma.
 It has been hot and dry and being outside has been more of a challenge than a celebration.

 "There's a lot of people who are crazy about camping, they love it and they'll do it all year round no matter what..." Concerns about the heat didn't stop Jaime Bakker and her family from heading out to the Yogi Bear Campground east of Sioux Falls for the holiday. Because she and her friends know what can happen to the weather in South Dakota once you get past this big weekend.

 "After this it usually gets cold and usually it's cold by this time too cause last year it was like 50 degrees the whole time and now it's like 100 degrees the whole time." Shelby Vanden Berg says this is really the only time of the year that she comes out camping and because of that she wouldn't miss it but says she is thankful that it is a little cooler than it has been.
 Call it luck or call it intuition, but yogi bear installed a big new and cool swimming pool before the camping season started this year and it has been a draw for people looking to beat the heat.
 Bruce Aljets owns the campground. "This is the big weekend for everybody. They have traditions where there camp as family units. A lot of  people come. A lot of people come every year."

 And they have come this year....10% more campers than last year in spite of the heat.
 And Jaime Bakker says she'll continue to hit the road and camp under one condition. "As long as we can sleep with some air conditioning then it's just fine."

 After this weekend, campground business begins to drop off dramatically.
 Unless the above normal warmth continues, then this season may get a bit of an extension.

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