Preparations Begin for Thunderfest

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- For 43 years, the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green has been putting on "Thunderfest," a fun-filled night of music, entertainment and fireworks. Event Chairperson, Lindsey McClain, says this year will be bigger and better than ever.

"We have a lot of things happening out here this afternoon at the Corvette Museum. A lot of our vendors are coming to set up. We've got the Meijer mobile tour that just arrived which is an addition to this year's event. We've got a lot of our Kiwanis volunteers out here just kind of getting everything ready for tomorrow," McClain said.

Last year, Thunderfest raised more than $40,000 for local non-profits. This year, they hope to raise even more.

"We do charge $20 a carload, but it's very important to note that it is a fundraiser for us. The money goes right back to our children's charities here in our community," McClain said.

In efforts to keep everyone safe, the Bowling Green Police Department will have law enforcement at the event on foot and bike patrol. Other groups will also be on-site to direct incoming traffic and assisting with parking. An exit strategy is in place and will go into effect as soon as the fireworks begin. The strategy will end once the grounds are cleared. Police will also be on the streets to direct outgoing traffic.

"We know that it takes about an hour to get all of the vehicles out. We just ask everyone to understand what the traffic plan is, to follow it, and that will help run everything smooth."

The gates will open at 4 P.M. and activities begin at 5. No coolers, alcoholic beverages, or pets will be permitted.

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