Campgrounds faring well this Labor Day weekend

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Hundreds of families are setting up polyester digs for this three day holiday.

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim takes us to two campgrounds to see how the Labor Day weekend is going for them.

According to statista.com, campgrounds and RV parks across the nation earned more than 5 and a half billion dollars in 2015.

Another study says more than 40 million people camp each year.

Many campers took advantage of Labor Day weekend, vacationing at places like Lake Park Campground and Cottages in Rapid City.

Lake Park Campground and Cottages Co-owner Scott Nelson says, "Yeah, it's a good Labor Day weekend. It's kind of the last busy weekend of the season for us. Memorial weekend kicks it off and Labor Day weekend kind of wraps it up. September's still a decent month for travel though and the weather's the best so that'll be fun, too."

Canadian camper Diane Ruediger lived in the bush and off the grid for two years.

She likes camping because she believes it brings her closer to nature.

Camper from Alberta, Canada Diane Ruediger says, "I think being in touch with nature is important for personal growth. You see a lot. I like to stop and smell the roses as they say. You see a lot of beautiful things when you're out in nature - animals, foliage."

On the south side of town, Tee Pee Campground was at about 85% capacity this holiday weekend.

Co-owner Peg Beyers says she's met a lot of great people at her facilities over the last 26 years.

Tee Pee Campground Co-owner Peg Beyers says, "Being here and greeting people, meeting and greeting people as they come in, we've had people from all over the world - Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, England - and it's just wonderful meeting people. And then we have repeat customers and it's wonderful seeing them every year, too."

Katrina Lim says, "And when you go camping, you might want to bring a cooler, (cooler zipper unzipping) and a bottle of water."

Or if you're using an RV for the first time, Beyers says make sure you ask your RV dealer how to hook it up.

If you'd like to learn more about either campground, visit www.lakeparkcampground.com or www.teepeeblackhills.com.