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LakeFest ends on damp note

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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 4:28 pm

Clarksville enjoyed fine summer weather for most of LakeFest 2016.  An early morning fog put the damper on one of the early morning hot air balloon launchings and a thundershower on Saturday evening caused the cancelation of the “grand finale” gathering of the boats and fireworks display.  It is only the second time in the 39 year history of LakeFest that the fireworks show has been canceled.

Despite the few weather issues, the 39th LakeFest was a huge success.

On a post to the Clarksville-Lake County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page on Monday, Chamber director Sheila Cuykendall said that the fireworks will not be rescheduled this year but the Chamber will make next year's show, the 40th Anniversary LakeFest “extra special.”

The balloon show opening LakeFest on Thursday night featured perfect weather for hot air ballooning, clear skies, no wind and warm conditions. 

Friday night's opening ceremonies and street dance were well attended and the kids rides near the stage area did a brisk business in the perfect summer evening.

Weather forecasts for Saturday called for hot and scattered storms in the afternoon and evening.  The storms, however, held off for most of the day giving the large crowds a warm but beautiful morning and afternoon.

Finally, on Saturday night, the weather turned against the annual festival.

With the sun going down, clouds began moving into the area.  Crowds continued to grow as people turned out for the street dance, the gathering of the boats and of course, the big fireworks display, the traditional “grand finale” for LakeFest.

The Konnection Band was on stage, boats were gathering just offshore from Clarksville and people were waiting for dusk and the start of the fireworks.  The light drizzle which began falling did not seem to bother most of the festival goers.

As the clouds grew more threatening, the rain became to come down harder and lighting began to dance across the skies, a few festival goers left.  The majority, however, determined to stick it out and waited for the weather to clear.

Finally, shortly after 9:00 pm, people begin heading back to the cars and leaving LakeFest.