Foul Weather Doesn't Deter Alabama Campers

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May 26, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The campground at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Ala., has set attendance records the past several years. 

Many of those people come in to help with the balloon races, which were scheduled for this past weekend at the Alabama Jubilee, according to WAFF-TV, Huntsville. 

Because of the rain, the balloon races were canceled, but the celebration continued. 

High numbers at the Point Mallard Campgrounds the past couple of years have set new records, but rain came in this Memorial Day weekend. 

So what effect did that have? Park Supervisor Barry Smith says not much. 

"It has affected the crowds in the rest of the park, because of the rain, but as far as the campgrounds, the campgrounds have been full," said Smith. 

The RV's just keep coming. What is it about camping that keeps folks coming back? It's a lifestyle, according to Trinity, Ala., resident Doug Kurz. 

"We like to support it. Try to keep the community going and keep the money here while just enjoy having it. We get to meet friends. We run into people we don't see in a year, but you might see them out here," said Kurz. 

It's a change of pace for folks like Janice Armor. 

"We enjoy being able to relax and spend time with my family. My children come out and we grill and have the granddogs and the children, and kick back and take it easy. It's a change of pace for us," said Armor. 

Some campers say they'd like to see the campground expanded with even more slots available. 

Smith said he expects to break even more records this summer.

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