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July 4, 2013

Crowds brave weather for Independence Day celebrations

MADISON COUNTY — Despite steady rain for most of the day, some hardy souls made their way to Richmond’s Lake Reba Park and Berea’s City Park and Duerson Stadium on Thursday to celebrate July 4 with fireworks, food and music.

At Lake Reba, people packed into nearby shelters to grill meals, and vendors sold food and drinks as well.

Live music started at 6 p.m. with Matt Robbins and Shawn Stapp, followed by George Burdette and Friends and Faded Blue.

Lori Murphy-Tatum, Richmond tourism director, said the rain would not prevent the fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m., from going up.

“If there’s lightning we’ll postpone (the fireworks) until it’s clear,” she said, “But the fireworks will be going off tonight.”

Although there was mist in the air, the fireworks show went on.

This July 4 also marked the 215th anniversary of the founding of Richmond, established in 1798.

Berea events

Although the evening didn’t go exactly as planned, Bereans didn’t let a little water ruin America’s birthday celebration.

Walmart sold out of its 88-cent rain ponchos.

The evening’s musical entertainment, the Freedom Riders and Prefab Rehab, moved the show indoors to Berea Community School’s Conkin Gymnasium.

Local vendors sold concessions under the stadium's shelter and “just a little rain” didn't keep kids from crawling up the 20-foot rock wall.

Jenny Jones of Berea Parks and Recreation said the only two things that would stop the fireworks was a heavy rain or lightening.

As in Richmond, there was no lightening, and the rain slacked off in time for the fireworks show.

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