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Pandemic forces iconic Wisconsin water ski show to close

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Pandemic forces iconic Wisconsin water ski show to close

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced an iconic Wisconsin Dells-area water ski show to shut down forever.

Tom Diehl, president and co-owner of the Tommy Bartlett Show in Lake Delton, said Wednesday that the show can’t recover from the loss of revenue this summer. The show was preparing for its 70th season when the pandemic happened, forcing Diehl to cancel the season. He said investing in a 2021 season would have been too risky given the uncertainty surrounding the virus and its dampening effect on travel.

The decision means the loss of 115 seasonal jobs and a major option for live entertainment among the Dells’ rows of resorts and water parks. The show put on more than 18,700 performances for more than 30 million people, according to a news release the show issued.
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I lived in Milwaukee once & one of my neighbors was a young Coast Guard officer whose responsibility was overseeing this water show, so it was a pretty big deal.
 
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