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Despite flooding, Sturgis Falls is ready to go Thursday

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Mother Nature couldn't stop one of the state's largest celebrations, as the 39th annual Sturgis Falls will kick off Thursday night as planned.

Even though events will take place as scheduled, organizers of the festival say flood waters threw a wrench into their set up. Earlier this week, people stood ankle-deep in water in Gateway Park.

"This is no joke, we did have a four-man raft and we were paddling around in this. So, when we're talking about a lake, I mean a lake that we had here," said Jay Stoddard, President of Sturgis Falls.

Thankfully, the area was tiled; water was able to drain quickly and minimized flood damage. Most of the remaining water lies in the ditches on the outskirts of Gateway Park, so organizers were able to lay down the landscaping cloth and wood chips Wednesday.

Stoddard expects hundreds of thousands of people to come through Sturgis Falls over the course of the four-day festival. He said it's the state's largest free celebration; there's no cost to simply attend and enjoy.

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