Dozens get the early urge to obtain 'prime' Thunder spot


by Johnny Archer

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 12 at 8:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – People came in droves for Thunder Over Louisville to find their real estate at Waterfront Park.

Many came out as early as 7 a.m. including Richard Shore, who had a mound of necessities atop his trailer for the day-long event.

“About 5 of us get together, go to the grocery – get the fruit, get the meat [and] patty it up – cut it up and come on down,” Shore said.

After Shore set up on Thunder Hill, he had the grill fired up. He was joined with 25 of his friends and family set up at their small camp.

“It will be the best Thunder in a long time that I can remember. I’m looking very forward to it,” Shore said.

Usually on a nice day, more than 700,000 people come down to Waterfront Park for Thunder Over Louisville.

Kentucky Derby Festival officials expect a record-breaking year, exceeding that number.

“We usually try to get on a corner, but we got this spot and we’re ready for this awesome show today,” attendee Frank Royal said.

Royal has been attending Thunder for more than 20 years and today, he got a seat front and center right along the Ohio River with his son who made the 12-hour trip from Florida.

“I rode up here on my bike – it rained a lot. I got a little wet but it’s worth it,” Joseph Royal said.

This year, many say the 25th anniversary of Thunder Over Louisville will be the best to date.