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It's 'business as usual' for Booster Days; no change to parade route

The beer garden and food booths are set up in Lakefront Park, ready for the start of Hudson Booster Days on Thursday, July 3. The beer garden and food stands open at 4 p.m. Thursday. The carnival opens at 1 p.m. The Chris Lawrence Band will perform at band shell starting 5:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by the Buck Tucker Band at 9 p.m. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson) 1 / 3
The city of Hudson reopened First Street to traffic between Wisconsin and Buckeye streets on Wednesday. The floodwaters from the St. Croix River that were covering the street have receded. The reopening of the street means the annual Booster Days parade at 11 a.m. Saturday on Second Street will follow the usual route to Coulee Road/Buckeye Street.2 / 3
The Booster Days carnival opens at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 12:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. Earl's Rides of Larsen, Wis., is providing the carnival again this year.3 / 3

The annual Hudson Booster Days celebration will go on pretty much as scheduled despite the floodwater from the St. Croix River in the southern half of Lakefront Park.

“Everything is looking good,” Boosters President Tom Smith said in an email Monday morning. “Other than the cancellation of the kids’ fishing contest ... it is business as usual.”

He added, “The weather will be great, and we are looking forward to seeing the crowds support Booster Days.”

Smith and city officials had anticipated shortening the route of Saturday's parade if floodwater was still covering First Street between Wisconsin and Buckeye streets. But Wednesday, that stretch of First Street was no longer under water and the city reopened it to traffic.

The plan now is for the parade on Second Street to continue on to the intersection with Coulee Road and Buckeye Street, as it has in past years.

The kids’ fishing contest originally scheduled for Friday, July 4, won't be held. The Lakefront Park seawall that the kids usually fish from is still under water.

The Hudson Police Department is asking people to stay out of the floodwater still covering portions of Lakefront Park south of the dike road.

“It’s a recipe for disaster,”said Det. Sgt. Geoff Willems, noting that there are submerged obstacles that waders might run into, as well as deep drop-offs at the seawalls.

The police department is expecting more than the usual congestion for Saturday night’s fireworks display. With about a third of Lakefront Park under water, there will fewer places from which to view the show.

Willems said the police department will have extra officers on duty to control the crowds.

The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 3, with carnival rides on the bath house parking lot. The food stands and beer garden open at 4 p.m.

The music starts at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Chris Lawrence Band, followed by the Buck Tucker Band at 9 p.m.

Friday features a bean bag tournament and music starting at 1 p.m., as well as a car show from 3 to 7 p.m. on the lawn south of the band shell.

Saturday is the biggest day of the celebration with the parade at 11 a.m., a police dog demonstration at 1 p.m., a kids’ tractor pull at 1 p.m., the 15th annual hot dog eating contest at 4 p.m. and the fireworks at dusk.

The musical entertainment Friday and Saturday starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until 12:30 a.m. The carnival, food stands and beer garden will be open each day, starting at noon.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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