People Enjoy Local Lake Over Labor Day Weekend
Hundreds of people visited Lake Tobesofkee on Saturday to enjoy the unofficial end of summer.
The Knolten-Jones families traveled from all around the nation to come together to celebrate their second annual family reunion at the lake.
"It's the last holiday before the summer ends,” visitor Cynthia McMullen said. “It's a good time to get with family, friends have fun.”
Like many families on the beach, they're soaking up the sun on the last days of summer. While the beach seemed busy, recreation area director Doug Furney said the park is competing with some other events.
"We're competing against opening of dove season and opening of college football season so I expect more people tomorrow and Monday," Furney said.
More people that Furney said will help increase the amount of revenue lost during the month of July.
"We were down about 10-thousand dollars than last July which is a significant amount," Furney said.
He added that weather was a big factor in deterring people from coming out.
"Later part of July we had rain every weekend so that really affects our revenue, it affects people coming out, especially if it's cloudy, over cast, rainy, people just aren't going to come out," he said.
Even though storm clouds loomed overhead at the lake, it didn't stop some families.
"I enjoy myself whether it's whether it's cloudy out here or not,” visitor David Barlow said.
A family that evacuated from New Orleans this week because of Hurricane Isaac said despite the weather they will be enjoying the weekend and the perks that come with it.
"Mostly family and barbeque. You know, sit back, relax enjoy yourself, enjoy the water," evacuee Alvin Clark said.
Furney said he wants people to enjoy the park but to do so responsibly. That means not drinking alcohol, boating safely on the water by being familiar with the laws and using boating safety equipment.