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Rain pushes Friday'Loo indoors; other events look for good weather

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Rain - and the threat of rain - changed plans for those with outdoor events Friday night.

In Waterloo, the Friday'Loo celebration originally scheduled for Lincoln Park was moved indoors for the first time to the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

It was an experiment for organizers - who say they've been looking for an indoor venue due to a lot of rainouts over the years.

But on a larger scale, they say Friday'Loo is an outdoor event that's rooted to its home in Lincoln Park.

It's just one of the events going on in Waterloo and other groups are joining in to continue to bring positive vibes to the city.

The crowd may have been smaller than usual....but the sounds still the same for Friday'Loo.

A quick move indoors let the show go on.

Jeff Kurtz/Main Street Waterloo: "Historically, we've called it off. With an increased amount of activity in downtown, we don't have an increased amount of wiggle room on rain dates anymore. It's a good problem to have," said Jeff Kurtz, executive director of Main Street Waterloo.

Friday'Loo is a longtime staple of summertime Friday nights in Waterloo.

Kurtz says despite some bad publicity for the city due to recent violence, there are no worries about security now or in the future.

"We have a great loyal crowd that's there. Knock on wood, we've never had any significant problems with Friday'loo. We want to keep it that way. We love the eastside. We love Waterloo. It's a great way to enjoy neighbors, it's a great social event," said Kurtz.

Saturday night, a football-themed event called Victory Day at Memorial Stadium in Waterloo will be held to give kids something to do on a Saturday night.

East High football will host the event starting at 5:30 p.m., with football-themed games for kids and teens and a laser light show later in the evening.

"There's been a lot of things going down in Waterloo and we just want to give kids an opportunity to go have fun, be a kid," said East High coach Richard Carter.

Back at Friday'Loo, there are no worries, no negativity.

"Those of us that are here, we love it. We're exactly where we want to be and either you get it or you don't. Those of us who do, kind of tend to shrug that stuff off," said Kurtz.

Kurtz says Main Street Waterloo should know in the next few days whether Friday'Loo will go indoors again.

He says there are some logistical issues, but they'd like to hold the event rain or shine.

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