Vendors take a bath
Rain ruins profit potential at GOWD
It appears the Old Farmer’s Almanac can’t be trusted.
According to the Grand Olde West Days Web site, the almanac predicted “a sunny, dry day for the Monday Street Festival.”
Instead, a torrential downpour complete with hail and lightning drenched the festival.
“You can’t do anything about the weather,” festival organizer Carol Wilson said.
The sun shined on the festival in the morning, but at about noon, the menacing clouds to the west broke open and dumped rain on vendors and festival-goers.
Craig Police officers warned vendors of a possible tornado in the area before the storm hit.
Cpl. Bryan Gonzales said there was mention of a tornado from the National Weather Service, but police officers did not force vendors to leave the festival.
“They can make the decision on their own,” Gonzales said.
The rain didn’t last long, but it soaked some of the vendors.
“All my stuff’s wet,” said Mary Ann Lieske of Milner as she packed up her cookies and crafts.
“But, we take our chances,” Lieske said.
Most vendors decided to stick around after the initial rainstorm and hope for the best.
“We’ve come too far,” said Chris Delsordo, co-owner of Barbecue Boys from Greeley.
Delsordo and his business partner, Joshua Montoya, sold smoked chicken and sausage at Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.
This was the first GOWD for the Barbecue Boys; they aren’t sure they’ll be coming back.
“This is too early,” Delsordo said. “This is still rain season.”
The Barbecue Boys also had some electrical problems. They wanted to turn on their smoker at 6 a.m., but didn’t have power until 9 a.m.
Wilson said lightning on Sunday knocked out some of the power in Yampa.
The rain also forced organizers to cancel some of the scheduled musical performances.
Some of the acts played acoustic sets, but others had to move to the fairgrounds barn to get away from the rain.
For festival-goers Danny and Mary Quinn of Craig, the rough weather wasn’t a deterrent.
They came to the festival with their two children, Mikayla, 5, and Madison, 2, despite the rain.
“It can be hit or miss, but either way, we like to come out,” Mary Quinn said.
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