Family drives from Wisconsin to see Thunder because "there is nothing bigger than this"
"My wife’s a fireworks nut and there is nothing bigger than this,” said Wisconsin resident Greg Dickenson.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Greg and Raeley Dickenson drove six hours in the middle of the night from Slinger, Wisconsin, with their three kids in tow, to make sure they got a good spot for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville.
They will fight traffic, fatigue and likely more traffic as they drive back tonight after the fireworks.
And they’ve done this four of the last five years.
“My wife’s a fireworks nut and there is nothing bigger than this,” said Greg Dickenson, who added that the air show brings back “nostalgia” for the years he spent in the Air Force.
While the Dickenson family had a spacious roped-off spot, complete with two tents and a camping grill, on the Louisville side of the river, Cary Martino of Jasper, Ind., had already staked out his own riverfront spot in Clarksville by 10 a.m.
Martino says he's been to 15 of last 16 Thunders and had a great view of the Clark Memorial.
"Right here is the perfect spot,” he said.
While thousands were flooding the riverbanks and preparing for the airshow at 3 p.m., vendors and others were busy feeding and finding parking for the masses.
Parking spots near the waterfront were going for $40 to $50. Sizzling Italian sausage, Polish sausage and Philly cheese steaks seemed a better deal.
And, one would think for the first time, one entrepreneur sold an entire box of Prince t-shirts at a stand near the Lincoln Bridge.
While it has been partly cloudy for much of the day, the weather has cleared and officials are reminding people to bring sunscreen and phone chargers.
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