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Neighbors have mixed reactions to move of Rhythm & Booms


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wednesday night marked the final Rhythm & Booms at Warner Park. Some people who live near the park are sad to see the event change locations, while others are happy to see it go.

For Joanne Krause, the fireworks show has been a family tradition since it began 21 years ago.

"I have several children that live out of town and they make plans for summer vacations to come... my daughter from Poland. They made their travel plans to be here this year for Rhythm & Booms," Krause says.

The city of Madison asked event organizers to scale things back to reduce the impact to northside neighborhoods.

And for some neighbors, they think it was a good decision.

"The first year when we moved in here 30 some years ago, great so close! But after that...NO," says Dean Schieb.

Schieb says the crowds just got to be too much for him.

"We like the people having fun but if you can see I've had to have cars towed, I've gotten into confrontations with people wanting to park in my driveway. And we've just had it. We just couldn't take that anymore," he says. 

Other neighbors we spoke to said, the change is bittersweet.

Madison Festivals is now the main organizer of the event. President Rita Kelliher says the group's board will meet with Mayor Paul Soglin on July 10 to determine where the event will be held next year. A week after that, they're planning to announced what they've decided.

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