Heat not a worry for Labor Day campers - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Heat not a worry for Labor Day campers

Posted: Updated:

 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.

2012 KSFY News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Avera Medical Minute AQoP: Building towards better healthcare

    Avera Medical Minute AQoP: Building towards better healthcare

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:45:11 GMT
    When you drive through Mitchell, it's impossible to miss Cabela's Superstore. Well pretty soon big things will be taking shape next door: the Avera Grassland Health Campus.More >>
    When you drive through Mitchell, it's impossible to miss Cabela's Superstore. Well pretty soon big things will be taking shape next door: the Avera Grassland Health Campus.
    More >>
  • Gun safety brought to the forefront

    Gun safety brought to the forefront

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:31:26 GMT
     It's a story that's likely been on your mind this week. A 9-year-old shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona gun range. It happened while he was showing her how to shoot an Uzi sub-machine gun. It's brought a lot of attention to gun clubs and the ac It's a story that's likely been on your mind this week. A 9-year-old shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona gun range. It happened while he was showing her how to shoot an Uzi sub-machine gun. It's brought a lot of attention to gun clubs and the ac
     It's a story that's likely been on your mind this week. A 9-year-old shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona gun range. It happened while he was showing her how to shoot an Uzi sub-machine gun. It's brought a lot of attention to gun clubs and the access kids have.More >>
     It's a story that's likely been on your mind this week. A 9-year-old shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona gun range. It happened while he was showing her how to shoot an Uzi sub-machine gun. It's brought a lot of attention to gun clubs and the access kids have.More >>
  • Heavy rain puts Aberdeen docks underwater

    Heavy rain puts Aberdeen docks underwater

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:29:16 GMT
    Rain continues in northeastern South Dakota, and this rain is causing Mina Lake to rise higher than it has been all summer. Thursday people with houses and cabins on the Lake were busy raising docks. More >>
    Rain continues in northeastern South Dakota, and this rain is causing Mina Lake to rise higher than it has been all summer. Thursday people with houses and cabins on the Lake were busy raising docks. More >>
  • Tornado spotted near Yankton County

    Tornado spotted near Yankton County

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:26:47 GMT
    A tornado was spotted in northern Yankton County earlier this evening. The storm prediction center did not issue a tornado watch, but says one or two possible tornadoes can be expected tonight. More >>
    A tornado was spotted in northern Yankton County earlier this evening. The storm prediction center did not issue a tornado watch, but says one or two possible tornadoes can be expected tonight. More >>
  • Madison finds creative solution to housing shortage

    Madison finds creative solution to housing shortage

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:58:55 GMT
    South Dakota's proud of it's relatively low unemployment rate. Even though there are plenty of jobs to go around, in some communities there aren't enough places to live. It's a growing problem for Madison, and the city's looking for solutions.More >>
    South Dakota's proud of it's relatively low unemployment rate. Even though there are plenty of jobs to go around, in some communities there aren't enough places to live. It's a growing problem for Madison, and the city's looking for solutions.More >>
  • Pavilion Spotlight: Sidewalk Arts Festival

    Pavilion Spotlight: Sidewalk Arts Festival

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:40:10 GMT
    The 51st Annual Sidewalk Arts festival is coming Saturday, September 6th in downtown Sioux Falls.More >>
    The 51st Annual Sidewalk Arts festival is coming Saturday, September 6th in downtown Sioux Falls.More >>
  • Wisconsin woman dies in crash near Rapid City

    Wisconsin woman dies in crash near Rapid City

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:19:59 GMT
    A Wisconsin woman has died after crashing her motorcycle west of Rapid City earlier this month.More >>
    A Wisconsin woman has died after crashing her motorcycle west of Rapid City earlier this month.
    More >>
  • Events Center to use mock-ups to determine siding fix

    Events Center to use mock-ups to determine siding fix

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:09:10 GMT
    Earlier this year, the Events Center project team determined an issue with the exterior metal siding on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.More >>
    Earlier this year, the Events Center project team determined an issue with the exterior metal siding on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.