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Second time a go for annual blues celebration

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The weather in North Liberty has given many the summer time blues.

"I wouldn't say we were rained out, we were stormed out!" said Cheryle Caplinger, co-chair of the annual Liberty Centre Blues and Barbeque festival in North Liberty.

One month ago, organizers were setting up for the celebration when storms ripped through the area, leaving behind a path of destruction.

It was just a mess.  We had several feet of water, and power lines going through there," Caplinger said.

Portable restrooms were knocked over, tents were shredded, and vendor booths turned over, forcing organizers to cancel the popular event.

"When we canceled it, we got all kinds of phone calls, emails saying we were really looking forward to this free party, would you please do it again?  So we said, okay," Caplinger said.

Under threatening skies organizers gave the event a second go.

"It was raining really hard.  I thought oh no, not another cancellation," said Garold Kula, of North Liberty.

This time, the weather would only delay the festivities.

More than five thousand people were expected in downtown North Liberty Saturday night, enjoying live entertainment and some of the best food the area has to offer.

"I love barbeque and so when you've got something like this and such a selection of food, it's awesome," said Ben Urick of Iowa City

And with the weather holding off, there was plenty to celebrate.

"It's just a good community thing, that brings people together.  It's really nice," Kula said.

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