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Rhythm and Booms goes off without a hitch

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MADISON (WKOW)— The first downtown Rhythm and Booms went off without a hitch Saturday.

Venders lined John Nolen Drive for about a mile and a half.

“I was very interested in seeing how it would all pan out and we walked up and down the whole John Nolen and I think everything's laid out beautifully,” said Daniel Winkel who attended with his son.

Others agreed- the new location worked out pretty well.

“It's interesting, I didn't know what to think and now that we're down here, so far it's looking great,” said Wendy Cupp who brought her two daughters.

The street opened at 2, but a lot of people came downtown earlier and made a day of it.

“We walked around the state street area and the farmer's market in the morning,” said Fred Davidson who is visiting from New Jersey.

Police Chief Mike Koval was also on scene helping his officers patrol.

“I've enjoyed the fact that there's so many people that are here and that are happy and that are with their families,” Chief Koval said. “That's the whole point of this venue- to get people down, enjoy what Madison has to offer.”

And after enjoying the nearly mile long stretch of food vendors along John Nolen, people made their way to the shoreline for the fireworks.

“I like the new location because you can have a lot more viewing area,” Chief Koval said.

And with the fireworks launching from the Lake, there really isn't a bad seat in downtown.

“It's nice, it's actually on the lake, better view,” said Mitch Miller, who brought his daughter. “You can see it well, just a view of everything.”

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