Good weather brings crowds to Ashton for Memorial Day

Plenty of sun, warm temperatures and good river conditions made Memorial Day weekend one of the best in years for Ashton and Island Park business owners.

“This was one of the first seasons we’ve had without rain and it was awesome,” Hannah McCausey, owner of Ashton’s Frostop Drive-In, said. “The weather was gorgeous and this was the best and busiest Memorial Day weekend I’ve ever had.”

McCausey, who bought the roadside diner in 2007, said she expected a busy Memorial Day — just not that busy. So many people crowded the restaurant that it ran out of several food items, forcing McCausey to make two emergency trips to Idaho Falls to restock.

“We are still recovering today and will have to go again tomorrow to get our ice cream built back for the rest of the week,” McCausey said.

Many visitors to Fremont County were there to camp, fish or visit grave sites.

Henry’s Fork Anglers in Island Park reported an 11 percent increase in revenue compared to Memorial Day weekend 2013.

“I recall a lot of past Memorial Days with snow and rain, but this year the weather was good, river conditions were good … and people were a lot more willing to get out and go fishing,” shop manager Chris Lawson said.

It was the same story, although to a lesser extent, at Elk Creek Station in Island Park. Owner Gordon Zollinger said business was slightly higher than last Memorial Day weekend, but hadn’t crunched the numbers to be sure.

Typically, every Memorial Day weekend is three or four times busier than a normal spring day at the 52-year-old business, he said, and often is one of the best sales days of the year.

“The weather was good and that always helps us stay busy,” Zollinger said. “We were about as busy as we could be.”