OSHKOSH - The recent rains are helping green things up around the EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh. The question is, will it be enough?
Organizers are still considering restrictions for the fly-in now just 4 days away, even though the relief many have been looking for for weeks has finally arrived. But whether it is enough for organizers to allow camp fires during AirVenture has yet to be determined.
"The rain certainly helps, how much rain we received might not be enough to make that factor, but we and local fire officials are looking at it to make sure there isn't a hazardous situation out in the campground," said senior communications advisor Dick Knapinski.
The rain or lack there of is on the minds of many in the campgrounds.
"The ground is so dry any spark and it's a big fire and it could fly over to somebody else and start them up too," said Wayne Schmidt of Fond du Lac.
The weather at AirVenture can always be a challenge and Tuesday night was no different as campers had to ride out the storm. Elton Eisele and his son fought the wind to keep the awning of their camper from being torn off. It was a fight they lost.
"The winds, I haven't heard but I would guess they were around 50 miles an hour gusting to 75, it was some really strong stuff," said the camper from Chicago.
The weather isn't stopping the transformation from field to fly-in. With the start just days away, the only thing missing are the planes. And they will start arriving by the hundreds any day.
"We're looking forward to another great year and putting those finishing touches on before Monday," said Knapinski.
Hoping the weather plays along.
Organizers say they will make a decision on the campfires before the fly-in begins Monday.
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