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Despite Rain, Thousands Flock To Fest

Even though the forecast called for rain, it didn’t dampen the spirits of festivalgoers attending the 18th annual South Boston Harvest Festival Saturday.

Crowds topped 6,000 during the daylong festival, down from previous years due to the weather.

According to observers at the South Boston Water Plant, 1.19 inches of rain fell in South Boston on Saturday.

The festival has been very fortunate in past years since this is the 18th annual festival, and this is the first time it has rained on festival day, according to festival organizer Sara Davis.

“People still came to downtown South Boston for the annual festival,” Davis said. “We did have a larger number than usual of no-show vendors due to the rain and fewer visitors because of the cloud cover, but when the rain came, visitors stayed on, umbrellas came out, and the crowd continued to enjoy the day.”

Considering the weather, everything went as well as could be expected, Davis added. The festival ended early due to the cold constant mist, and the crowd and vendors decided to call it an early day.     
Musicians, balloon sculptors, craftsmen and food vendors lined the streets as young, old and in between meandered down Main Street.

Youngsters tried their hands at pumpkin painting and scarecrow making.  Everyone ate – enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and ribbon fries that filled the air with the delicious odors from the vendors along the street.

“There was entertainment on four stages all day. The young and old alike enjoyed the juggling antics, magic and the ventriloquist,” Davis said.

“The wine tasting was a successful third annual event with the weather taken into consideration.  Even though the attendance was down due to the weather, there were great comments and rave reviews from visitors and wineries on the layout and change in location to Constitution Square.  All the wineries said they look forward to coming back next year and asked the organizers to place an order for sunshine,” Davis concluded.