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Hammonasset campground full of optimistic visitors, despite weather

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While the rain from Hurricane Arthur may have cut short some Independence Day celebrations, the campers at Hammonasset State Park are still celebrating their Fourth of July festivities.

"I've been coming to Hammonasset since I was 2 years old. I'm now 71, almost 72," said Dave Webster of Bristol, who added that he wasn't about to let someone rain on his parade.

Hammonasset was packed with campers who were determined to dodge the wet weather and stay dry, even if the raindrops could ruin their holiday.

"The Fourth of July is our holiday, but whatever, we'll do whatever we have to do," said Francine Swann of Oxford. "We play cards, we have games. Not the best situation, but it's OK."

Swann said she and her family and friends have been visiting Hammonasset for years, and even with the grey clouds and rain, they were trying to look on the bright side.

"That's what's making it worthwhile. Saturday and Sunday are going to be beautiful, awesome, so we'll dry out," Swann added.

All of the campers came prepared for the weekend, with tents and tarps and they are looking forward to the rest of the nice weekend and the fireworks on the beach Sunday night.

"We had a beautiful beach day yesterday and we're going to get one tomorrow," Patrice Mezzacapo of New Jersey said, adding that she will take the nice days over one lousy weather day.

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