Last year road construction forced the 4th of July parade in Rhinelander to be rerouted effecting several businesses on the route. Tonight we talk with businesses about what it was like last year and how they expect business to be much better this year.
We'll show you how crews were hard at work pumping out water that caused flooding in the Lake Nokomis area.
And some of the Newswatch 12 staff will strap on some snowshoes tonight to participate in this year's snowshoe baseball games in Lake Tomahawk. We'll bring you a preview and tell you how the league is preparing for the event.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - The recent rain and cold weather makes it hard to believe that next week is the Fourth of July. Last summer, Rhinelander's annual parade got re-routed due to the downtown streetscape project.
Many businesses noticed a decline in their Fourth of July sales. CT's Deli, Chef Tom Jordens said the torn up roads dampened sales, but he's confident this year his sales will double.
"So this year we're very excited, not only are we going to have a road in front of us, but also celebrating our two year anniversary. We'll be featuring Bloody Mary's, ice cold beer and fantastic food," said Jordens. He said they'll feature a Fourth of July themed sandwich and "Hippie Juice" to celebrate the Fourth of July. Bucketheads owner, Mike Hastreiter said the construction made it difficult for visitors to get to his business.
"There were a lot of people who were coming from out of town or hadn't been in here in a while [they] were confused on where to go and how to get down here. It definitely effected our day business, our nighttime business not as much, but we were definitely impacted by it," said Hastreiter
This year, Hastreiter expects more customers attracted by the parade and the changes to come downtown.
Local businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade can pick up applications at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.
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