Cherry Blossom Festival vendors brave rainy weather
When it rains, it definitely pours.
“It’s part of it, it’s mother nature–she does what she wants when she wants,” said vendor Chris Ryan.
“Yeah, the rain’s got us down a little bit,” said vendor Morris Dunbar.
“It’s gonna be slow, but I still have to be open so whatever comes out today is still a positive,” said vendor Willie Johnson.
The weather isn’t cooperating with Cherry Blossom Festival plans–at all.
“Well, they’re losing money today,” said Cherry Blossom Festival Director Linda Maddox.
Vendors packed the festival grounds, aiming to make a buck selling all types of food.
But Friday afternoon, the flowing water stopped the cash from flowing.
“Man, there’s not much going on,” said Ryan.
Several vendors say it’s all about the food.
“When it’s a Friday or a Saturday it has a big effect on the end of the week, when it’s through the week sometimes it’s not as big, but just like this place–on Saturday, this place is full,” said Ryan.
“They say they like (the peanuts)!” said Johnson.
Morris Dunbar and his company, Toote Sweets, felt the pain from lack of business.
“The way we make money is customers coming in,” said Dunbar. “We give samples away, they taste it, but we all are suffering due to the fact that no one’s coming out due to the rain,” said Dunbar.
Maddox says it’s something vendors and festival attendees unfortunately have to deal with.
“Our weekends are our biggest days so this hurts, it hurts bad,” said Maddox.
Maddox says festival officials are considering staying open later on Sunday.
“it’s like a domino effect,” said Maddox. “So, a lot of people that we depend on for the parking, the security, everybody–volunteers. So we’ll have to go a lot including the vendors because they are the ones we consider in weather like this.”
So it’s a wait-and-see approach for now.
The festival ended up closing for the rest of the night Friday night, it was just too wet.
Saturday, officials will make a decision about opening by noon.
The pancake breakfast scheduled for Saturday morning will be moved to Sunday morning at 7.
You can find out about the decision tomorrow on 41NBC.com.