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Cloudy, cold, and rainy for a good part of our Friday. Our high temperature was felt early in the morning...in the low and mid 40's. Temperatures will steadily drop during the day, and fall to the mid and upper 30's by Saturday morning. We'll also include a 60% coverage of showers today. For Saturday, expect upper 30's ...
Rain keeps crowds away from Pecan Festival
GROVES - by Lauren Huet
The Texas Pecan Festival in Groves is usually bustling with people. This afternoon, however, the rainy weather scared people off.
One craft vendor pointed to an empty field and described how it is usually filled with craft booths. Vendors right here, and in the back, and all of this is full, said Katherine Frederick, who sells clothes, belts, and shoes. Many craft vendors did not show up Saturday afternoon because of the weather.
The General Co-Chair of the Texas Pecan Festival, Brad Corley, said the festival is doing well considering all of the rain Groves received this weekend.
This isn't the first year we've had rain, Corley said, and we've always survived, and we're just looking forward to a great afternoon and night."
Corley said that although many craft vendors didn't show, all of the food vendors did. Despite the cloudy skies, many food vendors believed the crowds would return.
That's what the veterans tell us, said Jay Kimmons, owner of Kimbos BBQ Stand. Even yesterday, as rainy as it was, we still had quite a bit of business and we did fair for a bad day. When the weather straightens up, everybodytheyre spirits high is anticipating a great turnout."
Jeri Sullivan and other members of Port Arthurs Little Theatre were working a food stand to raise money for the theatre.
The rain is a bit of a disappointment, said Sullivan, but we're happy to be here, which means we should be able to be here every year now. And we're waiting for the lunch crowd and tomorrow is supposed to be a better weather day.
Those who did venture out to the Pecan Festival were pleased with the turn-out.
We kind of liked it because there were no lines! said Lisa Del Toro.
Kaylin Wilson and her little brother were also glad. Yes, it leaves more rides for us, said Miss Wilson.
Their father, Beau Wilson, agreed. Just light little sprinkles. We're okay with no lines, he said.
The Pecan Festival will last through Sunday, September 22nd.