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Folks head out to area parks to enjoy the holiday weekend

Jennifer Sprouse • May 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Even with record high temperatures, area residents were out and about Saturday afternoon for some time in the sun with family and friends.

The boat docks at Boone Lake near Meredith Pavilion at Winged Deer Park were packed with boaters and jet-skiers anxious to get in the water, while others picnicked and caught some rays on the grassy embankment near the lake’s edge.

Katrina Knight was enjoying the lake and the weather with her two sons, David and Noah.

“We’re out here having a birthday party for my 7-year-old and just having a blast,” she said. “We’ve been out here since about 11 o’clock.”

Knight said her Memorial Day weekend will probably include a cookout at home, but she really enjoys having the time off to spend with her family.

“They’re getting ready to get out of school and it was just a big weekend, so we decided just to take advantage of it,” she said.

Justin Ball and his family were also down by the lake celebrating the birthday of the youngest of his three daughters.

“Today we’re just out celebrating, swimming, having a good time,” he said. “We’re trying to celebrate as much as possible.”

Ball said he likes bringing his kids to the lake because he feels it’s a safer alternative than being in a big crowd of people.

Enjoying the weekend weather so far, he said he does plan on grilling out all three days, as well as seeing what may be going on around town.

Winged Deer Park wasn’t the only hot spot in the area.

Lynda Hargroves brought her grandchildren, Lily and Sam Dolinger, to Willow Springs Park to play on the playground and the swings.

Originally from Russell County, Va., Hargroves said her Memorial Day celebrations are less about cooking out and more of a reflection-based time.

“We don’t usually do a picnic on Memorial Day weekend like lots of people do, but we’ll typically ... go to the graves and just decorate, and we might have a meal together,” she said.

Today, she plans on running by Vest’s Greenhouse to get some flowers to decorate, as well as put her flags out in celebration of the holiday.

“This is sort of the time of year, too, where you do all the gardening and get all the flowers and the porch ready,” she said.

Hargroves said Monday she plans to attend a Memorial Day service in Russell County with her father, who will be doing the music for the event.

“My fifth great-grandfather was in the Civil War and he died at the Battle of Antietam, so we’ll celebrate his sacrifice and just reflect on the people in our family who have served in the military,” she said.

She said Memorial Day is a special time nationally for people to come together to honor those who serve and have served in the armed forces.

“It’s a patriotic time. It gives your heart ... a good time to reflect on those that have served our country,” Hargroves said. “They didn’t forget us, in all of the times that they served, so we shouldn’t forget them.”

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