Citizens First Thunderfest in Bowling Green kicked off 4th of July events

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sunday marked the annual Thunderfest event in Bowling Green.

This year's Citizens First Thunderfest was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to possible storm chances. Judging by the crowd at the event, it didn't seem like a date change had much impact on attendance.

"I'm really proud of the community. I know the weather's been a little crazy but it turned out to be a beautiful night and I'm excited for another great turnout and all that we'll be able to do for the kids in the community," says Danette Idlett, President of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club.

Activities included live music, food vendors, bouncy houses and games for kids, a hot-dog eating contest, and of course, fireworks.

The fireworks wouldn't start until after 9:00pm on Sunday, but that didn't keep families and groups of friends from pouring into the venue out that the Corvette Museum.

"The turn out this year has been earlier than previous years because we're on a weekend," Idlett added. "We were already filling up by around 5:00, 5:15."

"All the proceeds from this year's event go to nonprofits that just concentrate on serving children in our community," says Idlett.

"Truthfully, this is a huge party [Citizens First Thunderfest] for Bowling Green, and it's a huge party for us-- for the Kiwanians -- we love to come out and participate with all of the families and celebrate our Independence Day," she adds.

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