News 12 at 6 o'clock / Sunday, September 5, 2010
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- You don't normally see gas prices drop for a holiday, but this Labor Day that's exactly what they did. AAA says more people are taking advantage of the dip and out traveling this labor day weekend. They also say the average family is going to spend about $700 this weekend, but some are finding ways to take a break without breaking the bank.
The lake is packed, campsites are full. Labor day weekend is a hit at Clarks Hill Lake. Bryan and Sherrie Williams came from Nashville, Georgia to enjoy their lake house without spending too much money. Sherries says, "We have a house here at the lake so other than gas and food it's paid for, and it's just a nice place to come."
The recreation vehicle association says 60% of RV owners will be hitting the road this weekend, too. Bryan says he's noticed more campers than boaters this year. "Everybody up here feels the economic impact of the water being down... Most of the people on the lake are campers and the people with houses don't seem to be up as much and out as much. It could just be that there's more campers than there used to be, but it's good to at least see the campsites full."
Lots of families agree- they're enjoying camping and relaxing closer to home this weekend. "School was a drag, as usual, so it's great to get out here and have some fun! Meet some new people," says Levi Sharp, who is visiting the lake with a large group of friends and family from North Augusta.
And with campsites for only twenty dollars a night, Wildwood Park is a busy place, too. Scott Thompson explains, "We decided to stay closer to home because we knew a lot of people were going out of town. It was cheap!" Thompson says a day pass at Wildwood is only three dollars a car, for access to boat ramps, beaches, and picnic areas.
And even though some families are saving money, Pamela Bugg says at the Little River Marina & Family Resort, business is still booming. "It's been busy! It's what we like to see. Families not doing videos and movies but passing on the "lets learn to fish, lets learn to ski, this is where I spent time when I was growing up.'"
The Williams family says they'll definitely be back next summer. "The weather's been perfect this weekend so it's been an absolutely perfect last weekend of the summer," raves Sherrie. Bryan adds, "We just hope they'll keep putting water in the lake and keep the marinas in business. Keep everybody busy and safe."