Overcast Skies, Wet Weather Washes Out Boaters’ Holiday Hopes At Buckeye Lake

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UPDATED: Thursday July 4, 2013 5:14 PM

Overcast skies and gloomy weather put a damper on the day's festivities, especially at Buckeye Lake, which is typically packed with boaters enjoying the long holiday weekend.

Under gray, threatening skies, dozens of spectators gathered at Buckeye Lake for the annual Fourth of July boat parade.

Rosa Saylor braved the raindrops to cheer on her daughter.

"I'll stand in the rain for my daughter but not fireworks,” she said.

Only a handful of boats sprinkled the lake -- a holiday playground for kids oblivious to the rain.

Rex McClean says he's been boating for more than 20 years.

"We probably (aren’t) going to stay out long.  We're going to have fun, though."

Beverly Rogers and her family also refused to let the rain spoil plans for a holiday cookout. 

"We were determined.  We got up at 6 this morning because we thought we were going to catch a crowd because it's the Fourth,” Rogers said.

It turns out the early morning wake up call wasn't necessary. The Rogers had the park to themselves.

It wasn't tough finding a table at the popular watering hole, Papa Boo's, either. 

General Manager Jeff Craiglow says on a typical Fourth of July holiday, the crowds are shoulder to shoulder.

"If it was sunny, 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, I'd be completely packed, there wouldn't be a boat slip open,” he sad.

Customers enjoyed the lake view, but Craiglow says the usual steady stream of boaters coming and going from the restaurant slowed to a trickle on Thursday.

"Everybody looks at the radar and they're going to see everything that's coming in green and they don't want to be in the middle of it."

As the rain fell heavier, boaters made a dash for the shore -- their plans to spend the holiday on the water -- a wash.

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