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Campers Flock to Cedar Hill State Park for Holiday



    Cedar Hill State Park expects close to 20, 000 campers over the Memorial Day holiday.

    Dave Burris drove down with his family from San Antonio.  Burris says he chose this location because of the affordable pricing and friends who live nearby.

     "We actually have State Park passes, so actually getting into the park, only  for campsite, it's only  like $15 as opposed to going down getting a condo down Coast for 3 days, which probably run you anywhere $500 to 600 dollars," said Burris.

    The extra money saved will go a long way for parents, but for the kids it's all about fun, swimming and barbecue.

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    Park Rangers want everyone to have a good time, but also remember the rules around grilling and barbecuing at the State Park.

    There currently is not a  burn ban in Dallas County, but they want to ensure anyone barbecuing on their campgrounds only use designated areas.  

    The Park rangers will be on hand to make sure everyone is safe on land and in the water.

    On Friday a man had to be rescued when he nearly drowned at the park. A camper heard his cries and saved him. "He looked pretty scared, I mean he looked like a pretty good swimmer, but with the wind and everything, as high as it was, going against him and with the waves, he ran out of energy trying to swim back," said Bob Schooler who rescued the man.

    Park officials say they plan to beef up patrols in and around water to make sure the rest of the weekend goes smoothly and without any other dangerous incidents.

    "We have every body on hand right now, all our volunteers, all our staff in the office, all our officers," said Robert Rinn, Assistant Superintendent of Cedar Hill State Park. "There's quite a few people out there, we're trying to keep a good visible presence in the park."