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Ski Team Cancels Festival Events

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- With the Freedom Festival entering their first full week, organizers were not going to let wet conditions stand in their way.

"The show still goes on," Freedom Festival Executive Director Robyn Rieckhoff said.

Storms didn't stop families from gathering at Newbo to set a world record.

In fact, more than 400 people showed up!

"I'm making fruit and vegetables," AJ Craft said.

He came to the event with his parents. His dad, a HyVee chef, was grateful his son could be a part of it despite the rain.

"He gets to be part of something that's a great thing," Jack Craft said.

But just up the Cedar River, the Five Seasons Ski Team went to social media to annouce they won't be putting on a show.

"We usually have to cancel one or two shows a year but not usually during the Freedom Festivals," Don Clow said.

Clow is a driver for the ski team and said they canceled ski lessons Sunday morning.

The Cedar River is forecasted to stay above flood stage through Thursday. The river will be closed for boating.

So the ski team won't be flying through the water anytime soon.

"Tuesday and Thursday night shows for the coming week have both been canceled. These are big shows, big crowds. We hate missing these," Clow said.

So folks won't be able to watch the ski team show off their skills this week, but hopefully they can return once the river levels drop.

"Once this thing goes away we'll have shows all week until Labor Day," clow said.

Although the ski team events were canceled, folks can still enjoy other Freedom Festival events indoors.

"When it does happen we keep going, we move it inside or we do whatever we can or change the event to another day," Rieckhoff said.

Rieckhoff said that organizers monitor the weather forecast and make the final decision on moving or canceling an event the day before.

They'll update folks on their website.

For more information on the Freedom Festival events check out their website here.

 
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