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Cool, wet Memorial Day weekend won’t discourage New Hampshire campers

The National Weather Service is projecting a rainy and cool Memorial Day weekend for New Hampshire, but campers are a resilient bunch.

State tourism officials expect about 540,000 out-of-state visitors this weekend, and in the Granite State, the main activity marked by Memorial Day weekend is camping. ...

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The National Weather Service is projecting a rainy and cool Memorial Day weekend for New Hampshire, but campers are a resilient bunch.

State tourism officials expect about 540,000 out-of-state visitors this weekend, and in the Granite State, the main activity marked by Memorial Day weekend is camping.

Christine Quirk, owner of the Friendly Beaver Campground in New Boston for the last 34 years, said poor weather will have some effect on business but that her campground will sell out all 300 lots with no problem.

Since 1979, when the Friendly Beaver had only 12 sites, Quirk said she has sold out every lot every year regardless of the weather.

“The only time anything sticks out was the year that they were predicting a hurricane,” she said. “That will clear out people. Other than that, we’ll fill up.”

Even while facing poor weather this year, Quirk is still busy.

“I’m still getting calls from people,” Quirk said. “We have close to 300 sites and we’re filled right up.”

Quirk’s observations are similar to others in New Hampshire.

The Conway Daily Sun reported that the New Hampshire Campground Owners’ Association conducted a study of 500 campers and found that 65 percent of campers wouldn’t cancel a trip because of poor weather and that of those campers, 30 percent would be setting up camp on Memorial Day weekend.

Camping or not, people in New Hampshire will see a 70-80 percent chance of rain and cool temperatures throughout Saturday and Sunday.

According to AAA, 34.8 million drivers across the country will travel more than 50 miles to a holiday destination and 10.7 percent of New Englanders will travel this weekend.

William Wrobel can be reached at 594-6573 or wwrobel@nashua telegraph.com. Also, follow Wrobel on Twitter (@Telegraph_WillW).