Rainy Weather for Weekend Festivals

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October 7, 2005
Many festivals are kicking off Friday night. So will the rain be an issue with attendance? News 12 has more on what organizers plan to do if it rains on their parade.

Rain or shine, area festival will go on without a hitch. Mary Keller who helps put on the annual Greek Festival expects more than 20,000 over the three-day period.

“We’ve had bad weather before, but it hadn’t kept people away,” Keller said.

“We have means for thousands every year,” said Alex McClain, pastry vendor.

Organizers for the Greek Festival have been preparing for the event for the past year. Thousands of dollars has been spent on imported Greek food and beer. Alex McClain says they aren’t allowing the rain to dampen their spirits.

“What can you do about it? We’re a church, God’s here, he makes it rain so we have to make do, that’s what Greeks do, just make a good time out of everything,” McClain said.

Blocks away at the Augusta Common, crews are setting up for the Hispanic Festival. Festival organizer Carlos Barreras has a slate of activities, entertainment, and food.

“We have the parade of flags with the children, lots of dancers,” Barreras said.

Barreras is optimistic as he expects between 3,000-5,000 people.

“When I look at the forecast and they tell me it’s 40% rain and I’m saying it’s 60% it won’t rain,” Barreras said.

And while both festivals have experienced rain in the past, they say it didn’t make a difference.

Just a reminder that the Greek Festival runs on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 12-6 p.m. on Telfair St. in downtown Augusta. And the Hispanic Festival starts tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. The festival is at the Augusta Common.