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Jellystone Park expecting thousands despite flooding

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) --  Storms early in the week threatened Memorial Day weekend at Jellystone Park after 40 campsites succumbed to flooding.

Tammy Westrich is the co-owner of the park and said some people chose to reschedule their weekend, while others decided to come despite the flooding.  Many of those who came early, came to check on their sites and help with the clean up.  Local farmers contributed by loaning equipment to the park to help rebuild some of the sites.

"We've been able to open up most sites," Westrich said.  "We do still have a few that we cannot rent at this time that we're still working on and we will continue to work on it around the clock -- by the Fourth of July, we're going to be good to go."

To some campers, it was the quick thinking of staff that ensured them their weekends would be saved...
 
"They pull through," said Kelly Nulf of Savage.  "If you ever need anything, you can ask any staff member, whether it's one of the employees or one of the staff members working here."

Now, visitors are looking ahead to a busy weekend.  The park has more than 50 events scheduled, including access to the pool, arcade and jumping pillow.  Yogi Bear and his friends will also be greeting guests throughout the weekend.  It's the activities for people of all ages that has visitors coming back year after year. 

"It's a great place," said Erin Clemens of Waconia.  "I've been coming here since I was a child with my family.  So, when my husband and I were looking for a seasonal spot, we picked this, because we both have fond memories of it as children."

The park also sells day passes and pool passes for a fee.  This year, Jellystone is expecting about 3,000 visitors for Memorial Day weekend.

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