Park Beach Attendants Stephanie Cunningham and Tammy Tucker mourned closing the beach until Memorial Day at the end of the day. They planned a lively day on the beach, dressed in Mardi Gras beads.
“This is the last day of the beach, and we want to make it fun,” said Cunningham. “We’re hoping to get people here and have them laughing for a good time.”
Tucker looked at a quiet beach and added, “It’s probably not going to happen with the weather like it is. All of the sudden it dropped into the 70’s. A few days ago, we were wrapped in blankets. Today is normally a big day, but not many people are here.”
Labor Day’s high was forecast at 79 degrees, but was about 72 when the beach opened. A steel-grey overcast was reflected on the water, hinting at fall, though autumn officially begins September 23.
Cunningham said that she hoped to start a volleyball game. “We want to play by the end of the day and get people to join.”
Despite the relatively cool weather, several boats traversed the lake in search of fish or recreation.
Wil Houchens visited the lake with his parents Kathy and Phillip. “I’m in fishing tournaments down here almost every weekend, so this is Mom’s last chance to fish.”
Kathy Houchens said, “My son is gone all weekend in tournaments. He is a pianist, too and plays in church.”
Wil said that the family was out for bass, and said of Lake Barkley, “It’s closer than other lakes and the marina has really good facilities. The fish in the lake seem to be doing pretty well.”
Guests visited the lake from out of state as well. Nick Sparacino said that he came from Chicago to spend the weekend on a houseboat with in-laws from Hopkinsville. Sparacino enjoyed the houseboat, jet-skis and sailing.
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