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A healthy helping of pea soup is served up.
A healthy helping of pea soup is served up.

Pea Soup Days persevered

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Somerset was lucky: It didn't rain on its parade.

Later on, however, it wasn't so lucky.

"Probably our biggest concern was having to cancel the fireworks on Saturday," said Casey Goessl, Somerset Chamber of Commerce president.

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Goessl explained the Spielbauer Fireworks Company, the vendor hired to do the show, needed four or more hours to set up the display.

"If there was any moisture, it would be a waste," Goessl said.

Despite the weather, the rest of Pea soup days went well.

The annual Pea Soup Days festival kickoff started on Thursday, June 10 with the 5K run. Although the actual numbers weren't available at presstime, there was a huge crowd lined up at the starting line by the Training Room - despite the cloudy skies and 60 degree weather.

Friday's activities saw the threat of thunderstorms, though the actual rain did not occur until Saturday afternoon.

Those attending the parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday did not have to worry about finding a spot in the shade, as the clouds were overhead.

By the time the Somerset Fire/Rescue hosted its water fight that day at 3 p.m., it had been raining for a while.

The concerts were still well-attended; local beatboxer Nick Wishard performed for 15 minutes each night to a large crowd.

On Sunday, clouds still loomed overhead, but no rain dampened the festivities such as the kiddie parade, discount carnival rides and Teddy Bear Band concert.

"The crowds were bigger on Sunday than I remember other years," Goessl said.

"Overall, it was very well organized," Goessl concluded. "We continue to get bigger and better, always trying to add more events. Even though it was not bright sunny skies, there were enough 'comfortable' times."

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