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Campers face downpour first day of Hodag Country FestSubmitted: 07/12/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Campers face downpour first day of Hodag Country Fest
RHINELANDER - Many of us woke to the sounds of thunder and rain Thursday morning.

But the showers didn't send the dedicated music lovers away at Hodag Country Fest.

Instead, many embraced it.

Stan Lenius from Green Bay wasn't fazed by the downpour when he stepped out of his camper at Country Fest.

"I'm going to take a shower in that muddy bathwater," said Lenius.


But not everyone in the campground had such a positive outlook on the weather.

Ryan Young was disappointed to start the first day of the festival wet.

"I thought, 'I'm not going to go outside right now,'" said Young.

Young was glad he remembered his rain gear but if someone forgot there's he has a backup idea.

"Garbage bag…use a garbage bag," said Young.
Mike Paikowski from Elcho has a few more practical ideas too.

"Got to have some umbrellas, your rain suits, tarps, and the main thing is to keep your stuff dry," said Paikowski.

Many people like Paikowski said they don't mind the rain as long as it clears up by the time the headliners start at 5:00 p.m.

"We need it. It's okay; it's in the morning and its fine," said Paikowsk.

Country Fest staff said if there is severe weather the artists may not feel safe performing and could cancel.


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