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Owensboro HydroFair gets delayed until Sunday

Published: Aug. 21, 2021 at 2:02 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2021 at 7:51 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The HydroFair event in Owensboro was delayed on Saturday.

The preliminary races were supposed to start around 10 a.m.

However, officials say crews were dealing with a lot of debris in the river, which made it too dangerous for the boats to start racing.

“Mother nature - the river rose up more than what we were hoping for and with that current getting those markers in, and then a lot of driftwood coming down can do some damage to the boats,” Owensboro Events Director Tim Ross said. “Unfortunately, that was the case so far.”

Event organizers were watching the radar and noticing a storm coming into Owensboro just after 3 p.m. It was at this time when the event was called off.

Ross tells 14 News the HydroFair was anticipated to attract around 20,000 people throughout the course of this weekend’s events.

”It sucks because a lot of people paid over $100 to get in this spot, so it’s like money going down the drain,” HydroFair attendee Tabitha Knight said. “But at the same time, they’ve got to stay safe.”

Due to the debris in the area and inclement weather conditions, the event has been moved to Sunday.

As for the fairgoers who paid for seating, officials say full refunds will be given to those who purchased lower terrace seating, as well as partial refunds to people who bought tickets on the upper terrace.

The first heat is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Despite Saturday’s weather-related issues, the community was still able to enjoy Lights on the Ohio and some fireworks to complement the night.

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