Monday, May 25, 2009

Gas prices fuel big crowds on area lakes

Channel 2 News WKRN This year Percy Priest Lake is full of people from the mid-state who skipped trips to spend Memorial Day closer to home. "We're actually only out here for today," said Karla Bryant, "we're from Columbia so [we're] just having a good time." The staff at Nashville Shores expects this boating season to be a lot busier than last year, due to more affordable gas prices. "As a result we have seen a lot more boaters coming out this weekend than we did last time, just because it was cost prohibitive with the gas prices last year," according to Daniel Strobel of Nashville Shores. But lower fuel prices don't necessarily mean that a day on a local lake is cheap. "B-O-A-T, bring on another thousand," joked Margie Zaborowski. "Whether it's on the boat or the gear you bring out, you're going to be spending some money." On Sunday, Nashville Shores has a Memorial Day event with concerts and a visit from the 101st Airborne Division. In honor of the holiday, all military, veterans and their families will receive half-off the price of admission.

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