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Rain won’t dampen Cantaloupe Festival spirit

With tropical storm Andrea heading up the East Coast, the 33rd Annual Cantaloupe Festival scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at Berry Hill Resort will go on as planned, and event organizers are prepared for the severe weather conditions.

“This is a rain or shine event,” Halifax County Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Pool said.

According to Pool, they plan to make the best of the situation and will have a few tents. For the first time, Pool said they will allow guests to bring their own pop up tents if they wish to do so.

 “We’re hoping that the weather will come through and leave by the time the festival is over so that there can be some clear skies,” Pool said.

The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce president said in the case of a storm, guest will not be able to seek shelter inside of the mansion due space constraints.

“Some interior space is reserved for our premium sponsors, but it’s just clearly not enough room in the mansion. ABC and fire codes will not allow that. So we have to have the event on the front lawn,” Pool said. 

“Everyone just needs to be aware that there’s no doubt that we’re going to have a rain event, and if people have ponchos or pop up tents bring those on and lets make the best of it. That’s all we can do. We still have an event. We’re still looking forward to it, and hope people will come prepared and ready to enjoy,” Pool said.