Gusty Winds Pound Battle On Bago Tent Preparations - WBAY

Gusty Winds Pound Battle On Bago Tent Preparations

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On Lake Winnebago, the high winds partially collapsed where the Battle on Bago's fish fry is being held tonight. The winds pounded the tent collapsing side walls and creating holes in the roof as volunteers were getting it ready for tonight.

"You've got a 20,000 square foot tent and 50 mile an hour winds, and it's not a good mixture. We had poles snapping, walls getting blown a part and all of our Porta Potties got flipped over," Glenn Curran, a Battle on Bago Committee member, said.

Organizer Glenn Curran says the wind was more of a threat to the tent this morning.

"The walls were going up, they were going down and a couple center poles got blown off the ground, they were swinging around and so, the ropes were breaking.."pretty much like a hurricane in February," Curran said.

To make sure the winds won't tear through plans and that safety isn't compromised, workers reinforced the walls and roof with more support beams.

"We had to reinforce the walls, we had to tie straps on the strings up here, we had to put a new pole in the middle, we had to patch the roof up," Curran said.

Despite the gusty winds, organizers are still expecting a big crowd for tonight's fish fry and live music.

"This year it's two days of fishing..so, other years, the fisherman haven't had a chance to come and enjoy Friday night because they've had to be ready to get up early at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning, so tonight we're expecting a lot of the fisherman," said Battle On Bago founding member Lori Davis.

Organizers think the worst is behind them as winds finally begin to die down.

"If it can withstand with what happened this morning, I think we can get through tonight,"
Curran said.

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