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They say preparation is the key to success, and Sturgis Falls preparations included a generator Wednesday. 

People were working near the stage area in Gateway Park to help drain water there from Monday night's storms. 

"So all the things that would have problems with mud and water, we're getting done today," said Jay Stoddard, Sturgis Falls president.

Last year, Gateway Park in Cedar Falls flooded before the Sturgis Falls festivities began. Clean up included thousands of dollars in wood chips.

This year, the stage, carnival rides, and food stands are all set up in that park again, next to the Cedar River.

"And that's all you can do. Plan for the worst, and hope that it's not as bad as what you're thinking," said Stoddard.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sturgis Falls.

After 31 years as president, Stoddard isn't fazed by the weather. He says the weather is always going to pose some kind of challenge when putting on outdoor events, but he says that's what's exciting about it.

"It's almost like cheating, doing a concert in a stadium," said Stoddard. "Like the UNI-Dome -- it's all too easy compared to the challenges that an outdoor event has," said Stoddard. 

It may be a challenge, but the celebration is worth it.

"It pays off when you see the community enjoy it, and that's where the dividends are," said Stoddard.

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