According to Hogge, the rain was a big factor in keeping down crowds for Friday’s opening night. "I estimated we had between 800 and 1,000 people," he said. That is about 4,000 fewer than last year, according to Hogge.
"The committee certainly appreciates the courtesy extended to us by the vendors," Hogge said. With three inches of rain falling in and around the festival grounds, he said the decision was made early to stop traffic into the area around 2 p.m. All the vendors were required to carry their materials from their vehicles to the festival area.
"They all understood," Hogge said. "The courtesy they displayed to us was fantastic and it made the job for us a lot easier."
On Saturday, Hogge said the rain lasted about 15 to 20 minutes early in the day. However, the damage to the fields was already done.