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Joyful sounds of summer thanks to festival organizers

Sounds of Summer patrons on Saturday evening were reminded once again Mother Nature can be cruel when it comes to weather and planned events here in southwest Minnesota.

Hundreds of people filled the Schwan’s parking lot next to the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and were swaying to the music of Pablo Cruise. Even keyboard player Cory Lerios could see looking up into the sky that rain clouds were inching closer and would burst soon. He urged the crowd to get closer to the stage as they played their two signature hits before the rain came down hard.

Unfortunately, the Killer Vees never got to perform. That’s too bad. But we Minnesotans are used to being disappointed when it comes to the weather.

But, just like past years, the organizers of Sounds of Summer did not disappoint us. They worked hard to make the event an enjoyable experience right up to that burst of rain.

These dedicated Marshall residents actually started months ago with planning. And we can’t forget the group of investors who made the Pablo Cruise concert a reality.

Who are these volunteers? You watched as they worked at traffic control along the parade route. They scurried about to set up the concert grounds and worked with band members as they tuned up their equipment. The next morning there was more work to be done — from tearing down the stage and tents, to taking down detour signs on nearby streets.

They all deserve our appreciation.

Good job!

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