Despite Heat, Dozens Turn Out to Swing Racquets and Clubs
By Addison Speck, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The heat may have changed some of your 4th of July plans. It's fair to say the hot temperatures are to blame for a small turnout at Wednesday's Freedom Festival events. KCRG set out to find out if the heat would deter people from enjoying the holiday and found some mixed results.
While few people turned out downtown during the day for Freedom Festival events, dozens of people filled Elmcrest Country Club in northeast Cedar Rapids. The pool, golf course and tennis courts were packed with people who refused to let a little sweat mess up their holiday.
On a hot 4th of July, Nikki Rischer is like a knight in shining armor - except on a golf-cart. Rischer was in charge of the beverage cart on the 4th which meant every golfer was happy to see her. No matter what hole she pulled up to on Wednesday, golfers were ready to order some liquid relief.
"It's keeping me going," said one golfer. "I got to tell you the beverage cart is the most important thing out here."
As the sun beat down, many of those Golfing at Elmcrest told KCRG it's never too hot to pass up a round of 18 holes.
"I've never met a day where golfing wasn't appropriate that's for sure," said another golfer.
Just a golf-cart ride away, we found more people who felt the same about getting swings in on Independence day. The tennis courts were packed full of people enjoying some friendly competition.
"We have a lot of tournaments, Fourth of July is one of them," said Jeremy Mead, of Cedar Rapids. "It's a big one. We got four different teams, about a dozen people on each team."
Mead sported a pair of special-ordered red, white and blue tennis shoes on the court. Mead couldn't deny it was hot on Wednesday but he, like many of the others KCRG talked to, agreed that since the 4th of July comes just once a year, the heat shouldn't ruin annual traditions.
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