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Mother Nature Allows 4thFest

winnerMADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/6/13) - Threatening weather motivated Madisonville 4thFest organizers to move part of the evening's festivities to an indoor location Thursday, July 4. But the clouds had silver linings as the sky cleared just in time for Fourth of July fireworks.

Madisonville City Park was the original plan for the night's entertainment but relocating to the Ballard Center proved to be a great alternative, according to Jayne Barton, 4thFest Committee member.  "We made the decision to move the band, food vendors and beer garden to the Ballard Center after weather forecasts were predicting a 60 percent chance of rain," said Barton. "We knew one good shower could disperse the crowd and believed that everyone would feel more comfortable indoors." The featured entertainment for the evening was the beach-flavored, crowd-engaging band, The Conch Republic.

"The crowd loved them," said Barton. "The group really gets the crowd engaged in the concert. It was a lot of fun."

Barton said festival organizers were concerned with the safety of those attending the concert and fireworks show in deciding to move inside.

"Slippery grass is no fun," she said. "And, we had people of all ages attending and we wanted them to have a safe and fun evening."

Bouncing B's was moved to the Ballard Center as well, as children were treated to inflatable fun. After the First United Bank "Let Freedom Sing" talent contest, where Savanna Poole of Nortonville, won first place, the rest of the festivities were moved to the park for the fireworks display. Poole won $500 and the opening gig at Friday Night Live in August in downtown Madisonville.

"We backed up the fireworks by 30 minutes and gave people time to get relocated over there," said Barton. "But there were lots of people already over there when we relocated." Barton went on to state that despite the threat of rain, the turnout was good.

"We were very satisfied with the crowd," she said. "Last year, the festival took place in 100 degree heat. This year, the evening turned out to be beautiful by the time for fireworks."

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News
Photos by Amber Mena and Rita Smith

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