Despite weather challenges, "Thunder in the Park" continues to grow

Although weather did have an impact on overall attendance, the annual "Thunder in the Park" event continues to grow and has plans to continue to do so, according to local coordinator Al Lyon of Waukon. The third annual event held Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, June 12-14 at the Waukon City Park offered a variety of new presentations this year, some of which included the medical tent and the blacksmithing demonstration  to complement the traditional Civil War battle reenactments and other trips back through the history of this nation. Lyon said Thursday's heavy rain prior to the weekend event forced some of this year's anticipated reenactor participants to change their plans, leaving the battle scenes to feature "about 30 rifles and seven cannons on the grounds". He also said the mix of Saturday's rainy weather on and off throughout the day followed by Sunday's much better weather had a double impact of people likely not wanting to attend in Saturday's unsettled weather and possibly having things to catch up on during the nicer day Sunday that they couldn't accomplish Saturday. Despite those challenges, Lyons continues to be pleased with the event and looks forward to plans for future expansion. Standard photos by Bob Beach. View and find out how purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Gallery link on The Standard's website,

Rate this article: 
No votes yet