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Thunder over Louisville viewing venues booking up

If you want to see and hear thunderous military aircraft and fireworks up close, there's no shortage of places to watch Thunder Over Louisville.  Most venues along the river are booking up just as quickly as years past.

"We have a lot of families that have come back for over 10 years.  They book their tables early. They book their tables.  As soon as Thunder 2008 was over, they're booking their tables up," Kelly Leonardo, spokesperson for Buckhead Mountain Grill and Rocky's Italian Grill in Jeffersonville, Indiana, said.

She says only several tables and bar stools are still available at the two restaurants.  The reservations have exceeded their expectations during a recession.

"We were a little nervous, we were, but the good thing is our 2nd annual Craft Beer Extravaganza has taken off. And it's just a $75 price point per person," Leonardo said.

But even pricier packages are in high demand.  The Galt House in downtown Louisville is sold out, as usual, even with hotel packages up to $600.

If Thunder is a picture-perfect day, then the best place to watch it is free -- on the Great Lawn. You just have to deal with the crowds and "Thunder Pots."

A new spot to relax while you look skyward is the Sheraton Hotel along the river in Jeffersonville, open for its very first Thunder and selling packages starting at $350 per night, with a two-night minimum.

The Bristol Bar & Grille next door barely opened in time for last year's Thunder.  This year the restaurant's window seats are booked, but you can still get a table or bar stool.

Click on the "On the Web" links to learn about packages at several different Thunder-viewing sites.  It is not a comprehensive list.  Tickets may be sold out by the time you call.

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