POTTSBORO, TX – Labor Day weekend is in full swing, and AAA expects about 39 million Americans will travel this weekend, and that's down 13% from last year. They say one reason is that Labor Day came later this year, a full week into September, when most kids are already back in school.
As a result many families are staying in town.
"We find that on holiday weekends there's not a lot of things for local community people to do on the lake,” said Chris Tokarz, director of All Saints Camp and Conference Center on Lake Texoma. “So I wanted to open up our camp today to allow all of the local community to come and use all of the great tools, equipment and fun activities."
The camp hosted a free, family friendly open house for the Labor Day weekend. And locals say they appreciate the low-cost alternative to travelling for vacation.
"Best part about today is family... And not as much work, not as much travel time. ‘Mom when are we getting to get there… we're here’,” said Anna Parsons, who brought her family out today.
The camp hosts school groups and summer camps on a regular basis, but Tokarz feels this weekend is something a little different for the community.
"When you're family can come out and just have a place to recreate, I think it's a different atmosphere,” said Tokarz.
The most popular activities today were canoeing and kayaking on the lake and the high ropes course, along with archery and free tent camping.
"This time we went all out and opened up all of our activities and free lunch and it really brought a lot of people in,” said Tokarz about the event.
This year's open house drew the largest crowd ever, over 400 people from across Texoma. And parents say it's nice to have a place to take the kids that's close to home.
"Outstanding for the community for the surrounding areas, for the kids for the adults, it's excellent,” said Parsons.
All Saints Camp has been on Lake Texoma for almost 6 years, and camp staff say they feel good about giving back this labor day weekend.