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Published May 24, 2012, 05:46 PM

Campgrounds Gear Up For Busy Holiday Weekend

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Some families are starting their holiday weekend a little early, ready to enjoy mother nature.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Some families are starting their holiday weekend a little early, ready to enjoy mother nature.

Memorial Day weekend is busy for local campgrounds, kicking off the season and making up for lost time.

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and nature lovers are ready to head into the great outdoors.

"People grilling, talking and having fun together," Camper Kelsee Gillam said.

Kelsee Gillam and her one-year-old daughter Quinlee have been camping at the Grand Forks Campground for nearly one month.

"They're usually really busy on the campground, always full, people coming in and out. Lots of kids," Gillam said.

Ample time for the family to spend some quality time together and enjoy the nice Memorial Day weekend, a little early.

"I like it on the weekends when there's more to do, there's people to see and everyone comes from all over," Gillam said.

This holiday weekend will also be nice for campground owner Al Shane as his 1-hundred sites are about 90 percent full.

"Last weekend was good of course because we had a Canadian holiday, we were full and now another holiday this weekend, our holiday. So it'll be busy again this weekend, it's kind of good to have these holidays so early on in the season. It gets the people out and about," Grand Forks Campground owner Al Shane said.

Several other parks are busy as well. The Red River State Recreation Area's 113 sites are more than 50 percent full, with the phone ringing off the hook for reservations.

It's a welcome development after last year, when the Minnesota State Shutdown cost them more than 1,000 campers.

Turtle River State park is also completely booked this weekend with all 102 sites and 12 cabins occupied.

"It'll be good for motels and campgrounds all over the area close to the border," Shane said.

The State parks do have first-come first-serve sites, but they are asking people to call ahead to make sure they are available.

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