Campers fight the weather and gas prices

By Beau Ebenezer

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM CDT

KNOXVILLE Ill -- The wet start to the month of June put outdoor plans on hold for campers across Central Illinois.

Friday they dealt with the heat.

Many campers remained inside their air-conditioned R-V's during the afternoon to beat the high temps.

Owners of Galesburg East Kamp Ground said this season has been slower than past years, possibly due to the wet weather.

Returning visitors added that while the heat won't prevent them from camping, many of their neighbors haven't returned this year due to the rain.

"We've spent a couple of years visiting family, and it has kept a lot of people who have campers here permanently to come out on the weekend," said camper, George Snider. "I haven't seen them this year like I did last year because the weekends just haven't been comfortable with the rain."

Meanwhile, returning campers said they have also had to limit their amount of travel and time in their R-V due to the high price of diesel fuel.

"This is our seasonal site that we do," said Pekin camper, Jon Little. "We've been doing it for about six years. Since the fuel prices went up we don't go anywhere anymore. With the price at $4 per gallon, you are not going too far."

The Kamp Ground owners are still expecting dozens of more campers throughout the weekend for the Galesburg Railroad Days.

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