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Sturgis Falls moves locations to accommodate larger crowds

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The annual Sturgis Falls Celebration is underway in Cedar Falls. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected to take part in the festivities.

"It's just a place where everyone can meet and have fun," said regular attendee Miranda Dusenberry.

This year, the annual event has a new setting. Organizers moved the main stage from Tourist Park to nearby Gateway Park.

"It's kind of cool to walk across the river this direction instead of the other way!" Dusenberry noted.

Sturgis Falls President Jay Stoddard said, making the decision to move was an easy one.

"We had so many problems in Tourist Park with mud, the river level coming up, ponding all over the place, having to bring in $4,000 in wood chips last year," said Stoddard.

The location has several advantages. For one -- it's larger.

"We never could have fit the people, for instance, that were in the park last night for Big Ferrari, down in Tourist Park. And even if they could fit, everyone would be just like this."

One of the biggest complaints every year is a lack of parking. Stoddard said, that may have been solved, or at least alleviated, by moving to Gateway Park. They now have more than a half mile of parking between the different sites.

"We're using about sixty acres, we've got another forty or so on the other side, for parking," he explained.

There's also a shuttle to take you from one stage to another, making it easy to have fun whether you're riding the rails or rocking out to the beat.

"It's just cool how the whole town gets together and can do this," said Dusenberry.

CFU installed wireless internet in the Gateway Park area for the celebration. You'll be able to use credit or debit cards to purchase alcoholic beverages, and smart phone users have easy access to the new Sturgis Falls app.

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