Country Thunder plays on despite heavy rains and flood threat

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 23:48:57-04

Events all over Southeast Wisconsin were affected by the rain Friday night, including Kenosha County where it down poured on Country Thunder fans in Twin Lakes, but they didn't seem to mind.

"As long as the music keeps going it doesn't matter," said Amber Pifer.

"We did a little bit of slip and slide so that was fantastic," said Jacey Keeney.

The rain made the festival more interesting.

"Rains rain, rains water, it's the lightning and the wind that's the major concern for an event like this," said Emergency Event Coordinator Scott Elliott.

If severe weather blows in, the Elliott said staff will evacuate the main area first.

"The biggest thing that we don't want is people in the bowl area with flying debris, chairs, tents that get uprooted," Elliott said.

Next, they direct fans to take cover.

"Most people either came in a camper, an RV or a vehicle," Elliott said.

There's a towing service on site for muddy situations.

"It's almost inevitable that people will get stuck at certain times, but we don't leave them stranded for too long if we can help it," Elliott said.

Country Thunder lived up to its name tonight.

"Muddy, slippery, and probably dangerous, but in a fun way," said Kaylie Quinn.

"We're gonna go listen to some music and we're not gonna let the rain stop us we came out here to have fun tonight," said Larry Stone.

Music was delayed earlier Friday due to lightning, but the show went on as planned.