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Extra daylight welcomed with work and play

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Jun 21 2013 09:42:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 21 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

The first day of summer is also referred to as the summer solstice, and for many of us we know it as the longest day of the year.

The first day of summer is also referred to as the summer solstice, and for many of us we know it as the longest day of the year.

Of course that really means it's the day with the most amount of daylight, and we found out many people aren't wasting these long awaited summer rays.

"We've been waiting on this rain to leave out so we can get this hay up," said Sam Rock, a local farmer we caught up with.

More than 14 hours of sunshine get a warm summer welcome as he hopped on his tractor. "We're going to try to finish this up [mowing]. There's about 50 acres of hay down here," said Rock.

The summer solstice means Rock will get to squeeze out some extra sweat equity on the fields. "We're up about 5:00 [in the morning] or so and it just makes a long day for us, but it give us more time to bale hay and stuff in the evening and do what we need to do," Rock added.

Over at State Street Sweets and Eats, the added summer sun means a boost to their business. "Everyone comes in for ice cream all day long," employee Sheena Matthes said about their summertime stream of customers.

Matthes said the hustle and bustle that comes with warm weather and long days mean an extra 50 percent to their bottom line. "Everyone’s been coming in later. We're staying open from 8:00 [a.m.] until 8:00 [p.m.]," Matthes said.

But it's not all work and no play; people were diving into the good times at the Haynesfield Pool in Bristol, Tennessee.

For Magun Napier and her family, extended daylight hours mean something that money can't buy. "It's more time through the day for us to get out, play, and spend time together as a family and have one on one time and enjoy each other," Napier said.

That's just what we found the Smith family doing at the Twin City Drive-In.

This Friday night, those precious family moments may last a little longer. Their show won't start until dark. That is a good three hours after the Smith's settled into their spot. "We're going to have pizza, we've got bunches of snacks, and these guys they like to stay up late anyway so we're here for the full two features," said Cindy Smith.

That means their day together will last well into Saturday morning, but it's all part of welcoming those dog days of summer once again.

Here are some interesting facts: During summer solstice, we get 14 hours and 39 minutes of daylight.

During the winter solstice, we get only nine hours and 40 minutes of daylight.

That's a difference of about five hours.