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Rain watering down business in the Rockford region

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Heavy rainfall in the Rockford region this past month hasn't been good for business.

"When we were at about 22 days of the season, we had closed due to weather ten times," says Zack McIntyre, director at Magic Waters Waterpark.

Magic Waters opened for its summer season about a month ago. A third of that time, the waterpark has been shut down thanks to the weather.

The clouds broke on Saturday, and the rain didn't water down business at the popular family attraction.

"Today's a gorgeous day. We haven't even been open for two hours yet, and we have well over a thousand people in the park."

Big numbers today are part of a larger trend across the Rockford area. The more that rain falls, the more people take advantage of the sun.

For Rock Cut State Part boating, owner and operator Jim Talkington says Rock Cut has 85 boats total.

"Today they'll all be out. Yesterday, which was kind of a hit and miss day, we did about 30-40 rentals for the day. So it's a huge difference."

With the Fourth of July just a week away, start looking at the weather forecasts to plan ahead. And if the rain holds off, expect a crowd because one thing's for certain, people are thirsty for sunshine.

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