Into each life, some rain must fall.

And also into community events.

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A steady downpour on Friday night washed out some of the fun of Alexandria's "Awake the Lakes" kick-off to the summer season.

The popular Rib Fest competition was shut down at about 8:30 p.m., the bands never had a chance to play and the fireworks that night were cancelled.

But it didn't rain on everyone's parade. Despite the soggy conditions, dozens of people turned out to sample the ribs and took the stormy weather in stride, breaking out umbrellas and rain ponchos.

"I was surprised at the number of loyal rib followers we had," said Coni McKay, executive director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes Awake the Lakes.

In the past, the 2,000 pounds of ribs provided by Elden's Food Fair are typically all sold out after an hour or two.

This year, a few of the competitors actually ran out of ribs but most had plenty of leftovers.

Winners were still crowned based on how the crowd voted. Rose City BBQ once again won the professional division while the top choice in the amateur division was Massman Automation Designs.

Even in the rain, the volunteers who helped with the Rib Fest made it a fun and memorable time, McKay said.

"We have the best volunteers," she said. "They still showed up in the rain and were working hard, even with mud up to their ankles...On behalf of the Chamber and Awake the Lakes, I can't thank them enough."

The iffy weather presented a challenging guessing game for organizers. McKay said that the event could have been switched to the Runestone Community Center with the rib cookers set up in tents outside but they would have had to made the decision by Wednesday.

The weather forecasts were all over the board, with the chances of rain ranging from 40 to 70 percent and no one knowing exactly where the heavy rain would fall. "No two forecasts were the same," McKay noted.

Rain has dampened Awake the Lakes in the past. The first time the Rib Fest was held six years ago, the event was moved to the Holiday Inn because of bad weather.

The fireworks display that was canceled will likely be held sometime this summer. McKay said she plans to talk with the major sponsors of the event to see when the fireworks can be rescheduled.

"I feel like we haven't awakened the lakes yet," she said. "We still have some work to do."

After all the bad weather on Friday, organizers didn't know what to expect on Saturday but the rain stayed away.

Events like a first-time community yoga program, family Zumba and the Show 'N Shine Classic Car Show were all well attended, McKay said.

"The food vendors also said they were busy on Saturday," McKay said.

The Habitat for Humanity's Motorcycle Ride was also a success, drawing more than 90 bikers and a total of about 150 attendees.

Saturday morning's unveiling of the Runestone Museum's secret accomplishment - having the mystery of the Kensington Runestone displayed on 2,300 U-Haul vans across the country - also drew a big crowd and lots of interest.

"The Runestone Museum had a great day Saturday so we're excited about that," McKay said.