Economy, Weather Affecting Festivals
Pridefest. | Photo: TODAY'S TMJ4 HD
People were forced to deal with wet, chilly weather over the weekend at various events around the area.
Despite the wind and the rain, people tried to enjoy Riversplash as best they could.
Riversplash vendors explained that business was slow because of the weather and the slumping economy.
What can we expect for the rest of festival season?
The next big festival, Pridefest, kicks off in four days at the Summerfest grounds. After seeing the turnout at Riversplash, organizers and vendors can't help but be a bit concerned.
"He knows how one issue can ruin a years worth of work.
It's a culmination of an entire years work into three days," said Pridefest Entertainment Director David Charpentier.
"Sometimes I worry myself sick looking at the extended forecast."
This year he's not only battling the threat of rain showers, but also the bad economy - two reasons that this years Riversplash was a bit deserted.
"It was like a ghost town here on Saturday," said Teeth Whitening Vendor Mark Krause.
Charpentier says he had the option of holding Pridefest last weekend or this coming weekend.
He chose this coming, and now he's glad he did.
"If we would have had it this last weekend, we wouldn't have been in as good of shape with the weather."
Weather for this weekend looks warmer, but there is a chance of showers.
As for the struggling economy, Charpentier thinks its working to his benefit. He says advanced ticket sales are off to a good start.
"It's going to be a great festival, regardless."
Only time will tell what mother nature will bring this summer. Organizers say they're hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.