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Bad weather meant Sturgis Falls lost a lot of money

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Bad weather -- both before and during the festival -- is the reason why a popular Cedar Falls festival needs to borrow $100,000.

Jay Stoddard, president of the Sturgis Falls Celebration's board of directors, confirms bad weather is the reason why the committee taking out a $100,000 loan from the city.

Stoddard says organizers spent approximately $15,000 making the park habitable for June's event with wood chips alone because the park experienced flooding.

But Stoddard says lightning also played a role in a loss of revenue this past year.

According to Stoddard, the committee had to pay for headliners Arch Allies and Daphne Willis that never performed because of lightning.

A $100,000 loan was approved at Monday's City Council meeting, but Stoddard tells KWWL the committee is not considering having Sturgis Falls attendees fork over the bill. He says it's been a free event for 39 years.

Stoddard said the $100,000 loan could potentially be paid off in one year, but they've decided to stretch it into payments for four years.

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