"Severe weather greatly impacted major events during the celebration," said
The council approved the loan, which Rodenbeck explained will pay for a combination of old and current bills.
"They already had one loan with the city for some electrical improvements that were put in a few years ago," Rodenbeck said, adding about
But advanced flooding of the
"It kind of took a Herculean effort from everyone on our committee to make sure the events continued," Stoddard said.
Work crews were able to staunch the flooding with hundreds of yards of landscape fabric and a layer of wood chips. But stormy weather on the weekend of the event led to the cancellation of the Arch Allies concert Saturday and the
"When the lightning comes out, everything gets shutdown," Stoddard said.
According to Rodenbeck, the loan comes with a .92 interest rate, and will be paid off in four installments of
Stoddard is confident the Sturgis Falls Celebration Committee will be able to pay off the loan within a year's time.
The Sturgis Falls Celebration has traditionally been offered free of admission. Stoddard said a few people have asked him in recent days if this could change in light of the committee's recent budgetary difficulties.
"To them I've said, 'over my dead body,'" Stoddard said. "I certainly don't want to be the person to go and charge admission for anything. The reason we don't charge admission is the reason we get the huge crowds we do. It's the largest free event in
Next year will be the Sturgis Falls Celebration's 40th anniversary, and Stoddard remains optimistic the event will remain free for another 40 years to come.
"We're looking forward to next year," he said. "There's nothing we could have done about what happened this year. All we can do is be thankful things weren't worse."
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