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Travelers hit the road for the holiday weekend

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The Labor Day holiday means the unofficial end of summer for many. Millions of Americans take to the roads this weekend to try and soak in the last of summer. 59News Reporter Lauren Hensley spoke with travelers to find out their plans for this weekend.

The Interstate is not the only busy spot this holiday weekend.  The Beckley Travel Plaza is packed with hungry travelers stopping for a break.  The lines inside to get some grub is just as busy as the roads outside. Across the nation, Friday is the busiest day for travel and drivers are seeing the congestion start to build.

59News Reporter Lauren Hensley ask Gene McCoy how the roads are looking.

"They are a little congested, it has been a little rough out here, McCoy said.

McCoy doesn't mind the traffic because he said he is enjoying spending time with his family.  His wife, son and two furry friends are headed to Virginia for a flea market in search of rare comic books.

The Swygert family all the way from Buffalo are headed south too.  They are attending two family functions and are excited to reach their final destination.

"Family is very important to us our family is very big. My mother is one of 12 and we are just looking forward to having a good time and enjoying everyone's company. It is always great to be around family.

Seeing family on Labor Day may be a tradition for the Swygert family, but there are other Labor Day traditions out there, a lot of them involving food.  Most cook outs sever up burgers and hot dogs, but the Sturgill family is looking forward to something a little different. They are off to see life-time friends in Roanoke and are looking forward to a traditional southern meal.

"Our time with them is always special with them and we always have frogmore stew," Rhonda Sturgill said. "It is a mixture of shrimp and corn and potatoes and it is all in one big pot so that's kind of fun," Sturgill said.

Auto club AAA expects that 34.1 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday, a 4.2% increase over last year.  Of those vacationers, 29.2 million will go by automobile, a 4.3% increase over last year