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Families endure heat to celebrate Sturgis Falls Festival


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Friday night's storms shut down some activities at the 35th annual Sturgis Falls celebration in Cedar Falls. Saturday, families were trying to stay cool with temperatures in the upper 80's and lower 90's. It couldn't keep hundreds of folks from heading downtown for the afternoon.

"Came out to enjoy the festivities," said first-time Sturgis Falls visitor Ryan Borgwardt.

"It's kid friendly, so that's what inspired us to come out today," said Endya Johnson.

It's was beautiful afternoon with fantastic music, and great food. And with not a cloud in sight, you can bet which vendors are getting all the business.

Ashley Charmichael said it was "Super hot!" Borgwardt agreed "Black was a bad choice. Kind of a scorcher."

"It is extremely hot! Very humid. Eating lots of snow cones, drinking water," said Johnson.

But besides it being a good excuse to eat snow cones, the heat can pose a very real danger. Which is why nurses from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are helping out at the first aid tent.

"We have cold water, we have cots, we have sunscreen, we have nurses and paramedics," she said.

They're providing water for anyone who needs a refill, and the H2O fill-up is on them.

"You can refill your canteen or water bottle... and it's free! That's the best part," said Johnson.

"People are at the free water constantly," Campbell said. "You should be drinking water before you think you need it. And stay in the shade as much as possible."

The good news is, the park is pretty well shaded. But if you're in doubt, take a cue from the Johnson family. Husband Corye brought along a large umbrella -- big enough for the entire family.

"Because of the heat index... I brought my own shade! It's mobile, so it's even better!" he said.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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