Thunder sales described as disappointing

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The turnout at Thunder Over Louisville was between 250,000 to 300,000 people. The temperature and rain impacted the turnout, which impacted business.

Vendors and businesses along the Ohio River said sales were not good. "unfortunately, this year, my key ingredient didn't show up," Jim Cline said about the sun.

Jim Cline with Shades Sunglasses said hardly anyone needed shades on Thunder. He said, last year, he sold 2,000 glasses, but only 70 this year. "disappointing, a little sick to my stomach, but you know, it's a chance you take," Cline said.

Cline said he spent $5,000, traveling to Louisville and for his three stands. He said on Thunder Over Louisville, he only made up a $1,000 of it.

"We all have the same story. Ouch. It really hurt yesterday," Cline said.

"When its wet, rainy, and windy, it's just a bad combination," Brian Foegen said. Foegen with Concessions by Cox, was at the Chow Wagon last year and said he bought 10% more thinking it would get snatched up.

"We'll have to throw away some items. We want to be able to keep some there's a freezer," Foegen said.

On the 28th, the Chow Wagon reopens for Waterfront festivities. Foegen and Cline are hopeful their luck will improve.

"With nine days, our chances of getting some sunny days are great. So, it works out that way," Cline said.

Meanwhile in Indiana at Cluckers business was okay.

"We would have anticipated probably doubling our business, if our weather would have been like today," Cluckers Co-owner, Dave Simpson, said.

Cluckers opened in April. It is located at 100 West Riverside Drive in Jeffersonville. Simpson said they had reserved seating for the show, but knocked the price down because of the weather.

Despite the sales, many businesses said they would come back next year.

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