Long weekend could break records in Hardin County
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HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — With hot and sunny weather expected for this long holiday weekend, plenty of people will head to the water for a little relief from the heat. For many, Labor Day weekend marks the last hurrah for summer and that is definitely proving true in Hardin County where hotel rooms are full and boats are already starting to hit the water. As guests begin to arrive, safety out on the waster is a top concern. “Don’t drink and drive,” resident Richard Andrews said. “You wouldn’t drink and drive your car, so don’t drink and drive your boat, just be careful.” As agents work to keep the waters safe, the boaters, swimmers and fishermen enjoying them til Monday may break some records. “We were up 2.6 percent,” Rachel Baker with the Hardin Co. Tourism Bureau said. “A new study shows that tourists have spent more than $38 million annually.” With Hardin County open for business, residents said this Labor Day weekend is all about enjoying the last few days of summer. “Just be safe and have fun!,” Andrews said. “Who knows what the weather is going to be like a month from now.” Although the inn and campground at Pickwick Landing State Park are full, officials said there are still a number of local hotels with vacancies. Officials said they expect more than 10,000 people to head out on the river.