Music Fights Back considers back-up location, other island scheduling impacted

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June 21 and 22 is Music Fights Back, the summer’s first music festival on St. Feriole Island. 

As of Friday, President Jeremy Cuff said organizers have been working on finding a back-up location for the rock fest fundraiser for cancer. 

“There is still a possibility of having it on the island, but Mother Nature would have to really be on our side,” he stated. “Either way, we will have a location and Music Fights Back will happen.”

Cuff said he hopes the river drops below 16 feet by June 10, which would give the island 10 days before Music Fights Back to dry out.

“Like our name, we won’t stop until we get this figured out,” he stated.

In addition to this and Rendezvous, multiple activities are knocking on the door, waiting for the Mississippi River to recede and St. Feriole Island to reopen to the public. 

“If the water level comes down, we need to get the power back on, clean up and picnic tables in place,” Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich said. 

“All games at the ball diamonds are being postponed or moved day-to day,” he added.

Nate Cejka, varsity coach for the Grasshoppers Legion ball team, said they aren’t relocating any of the games. 

“We just won’t play ‘til it reopens. The junior league has rescheduled a few, but the varsity’s not at home until June 10,” he said, in hopes for favorable conditions.

The annual Concerts in the Park at Lawler Park start Thursday, June 13. Ulrich said the alternate location for those concerts is Lochner Park on Wacouta Avenue. But, he said, he will probably only make the decision to move the first concert within a day’s notice. 

Additionally, upcoming Kids in the Garden and Adult Lawn Chair Learning classes, scheduled for the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, are likely to move to a different space due to high water. The first Kids in the Garden gathering is June 12, and Master Gardener Donna Teynor has already announced it is moving to Lucky Park. She’s hopeful the rest can happen in the gardens. Lawn Chair Learning’s next class is June 19 and it hasn’t been relocated as of yet.

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