A long holiday weekend brings a strong number of people to campgrounds across KELOLAND. For many, there's nothing else they could imagine doing.
"Labor Day weekend has been a tradition for my family for probably the last 21 years," Craig Vanderzee said.
Venderzee says he remembers camping at this Yogi Bear Campground when many of the trees were shorter than the people.
“The kids have plenty of stuff to do and the adults sit around the campfire and talk," Venderzee said.
While this long holiday weekend is just wrapping up, many of the campers here say, believe it or not, they're already booking their spots for the summer of 2014.
And for those who were here this weekend, the weekend storm didn't dampen their spirits.
"We weathered. We held underneath the awnings. We stayed out for most of it. We had a couple of canopies up and just held tight. We've been through worse," Vanderzee said.
And while Labor Day marks an unofficial end of summer, others will extend their camping season as long as they can.
"We're going to work around my youngest daughter's basketball schedule and see what happens. I think we've got one more in us yet," Vanderzee said.
Camping continues at the Yogi Bear Campground well beyond Labor Day. Their corn maze will also open this month.