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Rainy final River Festival day in Dubuque

Of the seven years of River Festivals, only one has ever had perfect weather the whole time, event coordinator Keith Rahe said. Of the seven years of River Festivals, only one has ever had perfect weather the whole time, event coordinator Keith Rahe said.

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Despite a rainy weekend, America's River Festival was still a boost for Dubuque's economy.

Thunderstorms meant low attendance at the festival Sunday afternoon.

"Typically on a Sunday we'll have very good crowds, you know, with a lot of family activity," event coordinator Keith Rahe said. "We've had about an inch of rain, very heavy thunderstorms. People, you know, they're not going to come out."

Rahe said Friday and Saturday drew good crowds.

The dock dog final round was delayed due to lightning, and festival staff members started tearing down early because of the rain. However, inclement weather for the festival is nothing new.

"We've only had one year where we've had perfect weather throughout the entire time," Rahe said.

The wet weekend didn't put a halt to all events, but some changes were made.

The outdoor concerts were moved inside, but that meant a sold-out performance Saturday night for musical act Three Dog Night. According to Rahe, band members said they enjoyed playing for the packed house in Dubuque.

Dealing with bad weather is just part of the job, Rahe said. There's not much organizers can do to avoid that problem other than being ready with a backup plan.

Hotels all across town say they were nearly booked up, if not sold out, this weekend, due in part to America's River Festival, reunions, weddings and bike riders. Those at the hotels said late spring & summer weekends normally tend to be pretty busy, and the River Festival just added to that.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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