Much to the astonishment and delight of organizers, pelting rain, flash floods, lightning strikes, and roaring thunder stopped just in time for Maple Ridge’s presentation of the RCMP Musical Ride.
This afternoon’s horrifying weather had organizers of the show terrified. It was honestly looking like a washout, said Lorraine Bates, manager of the host group, Country Fest.
The outdoor show began at 6:30 p.m., and she believes it was close to 5:30 p.m. when the torrential downpouring of rain and stormy conditions ceased.
“At one point this afternoon, I said to myself, ‘oh, what will be, will be.’ I just couldn’t believe it was happening. So many people put so much time and effort into making this happen… but you have to shake it off because there’s only so much that’s within your control,” Bates said.
A short time later, the storm passed, and much to her surprise and glee cars full of families began pulling into the Albion Fairgrounds to see the show.
“Fortunately, by the time the rains came, we were doing touch ups,” she elaborated. So it didn’t take much more effort to get it all put together after the storm passed.
“I even saw a spot or two of blue sky overhead,” said Bates, noting that she and a team of other volunteers were rushing around the grounds attempting to drain the display tents that were threatening to collapse under the pressure of all the water.
“I’m ecstatic with how it all turned out,” Bates said. “I’m just surprised at how many people showed up,” estimating the crowd to be at about 1,300.
The musical ride, she described as “phenomonal,” and said everyone she asked after the show used words like “awesome” and “terrific” to described the event.
“When you have perfect, what more can you say,” Bates concluded, thanking the RCMP Musical Ride team, all the volunteers, sponsors, and spectators for making the local event such a success.
“When the day is over, and all is said and done, we have raised some money for two worthy charities and the community had a chance to watch a national treasure.”
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