Summer season kicks off at the beaches

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – A few bulldozers and some remnants of the VIP area are all that remain of this year’s Hangout Music Festival that was held last weekend.

Now the beaches are filled with families coming down to soak up some sun and celebrate summer.

“I just had a little one, so I just love coming out here and seeing all the families get together and just enjoy the beach and that’s what it’s all about to me,” Chelsie Generes.

“Yeah, it’s going to be a good time. I’m off all weekend, I got seven grandkids here, so we’re having a lot of fun,” Billy Berry said.

“I’m really excited about getting to hang out with some friends outside of school and not having to worry about them being in school. Just call my friends up and hang out with them at the beach,” Christian Schrull said.

And while plenty of people are taking the sandy option this weekend, others are filling their vacation time with sports.

“Another little pocket of opportunity between the music festival and between Memorial Day is a major national outdoor track and field championship. The NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships,” Grant Brown, director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, said.

1500 athletes from around the country are here for the weekend to show off what they can do. It caps off a busy month of sports tourism for the area that started with beach handball and ends with this track meet.

“A lot of effort has been involved with all the different city departments and all the community. The community really has been a fantastic supporter of what we’ve been going through for this past month,” Brown said.

And now that summer is here, it’s all about the silky sands.

If you would like to attend any of the events at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, click here for more information.

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