BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — Blair residents took a break from repairing storm damage over the weekend to celebrate their annual town festival and watch its parade.
Thunderstorms that packed baseball-sized hail and winds up to 90 mph caused millions of dollars in damage in Blair on Tuesday, but residents didn't want to cancel the "Gateway to the West" celebration.
Todd Trimpe said most people he talked to really wanted to get back to normal after they boarded up broken windows and patched leaks on their roofs.
Most of the four-day festival that ended Sunday went on as planned, although a craft show had to be canceled because of the amount of broken glass near the courthouse.
The storm mainly impacted the town's appearance. Many homes have either broken windows boarded up or tarps on their roofs, and yard signs advertising contractors and roofing companies are common.
"The kids are looking forward to something besides being afraid of storms," said Harriet Waite, executive director of the Blair Chamber of Commerce. "People were calling to say 'Please don't cancel. That's not what we do in Blair.' That's why we're doing what we're doing."
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