LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Lightning showed it's wrath at Freedom Fest, causing organizers to cancel the show for the first time in event history.
Around 10 p.m. Saturday night, Freedom Fest organizers decided to send people home before headliners Huey Lewis and the News took the stage.
Rain has interrupted the event during five of its seven years, but this year visible lightening strikes and warnings from the National Weather Service raised safety concerns.
“An awful lot of electrical equipment, that's always a target (and) the people that are working that electrical equipment. So just again, to air on safety, I think we made the right call,” said Pat Stephens, who's on the Freedom Fest Board of Directors.
Stephens said the board hopes to make it up to those who attended Freedom Fest but they have not decided how it will be made up. Stephens advises saving the ticket stub.
The event may have ended abruptly, but volunteers spent Sunday at Freedom Fest cleaning up.
About a dozen UW-L track and field athletes picked up the flooring on the track.
Others cleaned up trash and took down the stage.
More than 300 volunteers helped make Freedom Fest possible.
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