The rain yesterday and today, coupled with what could come tomorrow, has left its mark on local events forcing not only delays, but in one case a cancellation.
It was a rainy start to the second day of the state high school baseball championship tournament at Fox Cities Stadium. The overnight rain and morning downpours left Neuroscience Group Field pretty soggy and the bleachers soaked. Crews worked to dry things out before the first pitch was thrown after noon, hours later than scheduled.
It's a different story at the Town of Menasha Municipal Complex. The Town town was supposed to host its annual Summer Safety Night tomorrow night and even though there's not much rain in the forecast tonight or tomorrow, the damage is already done.
Officer Jason Weber says, "After last night's rain and then when it rained almost until noon, that really kind of put it over the edge."
From standing water near where ThedaStar is supposed to land tomorrow night, to soggy ground that would be unsafe for staking down inflatables for kids to enjoy, the saturated landscape simply proved too much to overcome in less than 24-hours.
"Instead of doing a smaller scales version or bringing it inside, which really takes a lot away from the event, we just decided to postpone it until July," says Weber.
One event that can't be postponed because of the weather is CountryUSA. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the sold-out country music festival. Crews are busy setting the stage and prepping the grounds, property, that after a very wet 2011 is more than equipped to handle whatever comes this year.
CountryUSA promoter Dan Liebhauser says, "We've put in over a hundred thousand dollars since that year just in paving with bark chips, areas for walkways so that people can get around. We've we've added additional roads. We've literally paved with asphalt gravel roughly a third of our campgrounds."
And with a near perfect and dry forecast for next week, CountryUSA expect this year's event to be a history maker.
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