Kansans preparing for Labor Day Weekend 2013

Children play in the interactive fountain in Riverside Park.
Children play in the interactive fountain in Riverside Park.

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WICHITA, Kansas — A new report is predicting an increase in the number of people traveling for Labor Day this year.

But some Kansans are opting for a more low-key celebration that could potentially save them money in the long run.

A few parents took their kids out to enjoy some playtime at the water fountain at Riverside Park Friday evening.

“it’s the last big bang for the summer,” said John Vogel, resident from Dodge City. “So get out there and have fun.”

Local parks and lakes are just some of the popular attractions across town that will be filled with families this Labor Day weekend.

“I’m going to do a little big of fishing probably some barbeque and hang out with some friends and family,” said Jesse Suggs, local resident.

Jesse Suggs won’t be traveling from state to state for the entertainment and this will save him a little gas money.

“Back then it was a little better because it was closer to three dollars or a little bit less,” said Suggs. “We had a Mini Cooper then and we didn’t have a baby. We had better mileage then.”

According to a new report by Triple AAA, whether it’s by plane or car, they’re expecting more than 34 million holiday travelers and that’s up compared to last year.

An average family is expected to travel a round trip distance of 594 miles whereas in the mid-west it’s around 663 miles.

“Labor Day is time for us to get back to the fields and get ready to plan wheat and later in September and first part of October,” said Vogel.

John Vogel of Dodge City says the only trip he’s planning is the one on his farm field.

“We need to get the fields ready. We got a lot of rain and the weeds are about this high” said Vogel. “We’re trying to tail back under so we can get it down before the end of September.”

Whether it’s for work or play, this Labor Day will be a busy time for Kansans.

If you have travel plans, the average gas price for unleaded is $3.43 in Wichita.

One year ago on this day it was $3.70.

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