Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Festival successful despite stormy weather

The threat of thunderstorms last weekend did not keep the young and young-at-heart from participating in the three-day Johnson County Fall Festival held Thursday through Saturday in Vienna.

With the exceptions of a brief shower Saturday morning during the parade and flash flooding Saturday evening that dropped more than three inches of rain, the chamber of commerce deemed the festival a success.

Thursday night was one of the busiest opening nights in the history of the festival.

Several hundred spectators were at the Vienna City Park on opening night to witness the junior talent show that featured nearly two-dozen young, local entertainers.

Vendors and organizers believe Thursday-night’s huge turnout was due to the weekends rain predictions.

Friday night was also well attended as Breeden, Bradley and Maze entertained the crowd.

Event organizers came close to cancelling Saturday morning’s parade because of heavy rain prior to its start. However, radar indicated a large break in the clouds was expected to give way to sunshine for portions of the day.

Determined parade participants and spectators, with umbrellas or raincoats, came out in the last minutes to make the parade successful. The rain stopped within the first 15 minutes of the parade, immediately following by bright sunshine.

Partly cloudy skies, with periods of sunshine continued throughout Saturday.

Some events scheduled for Saturday evening were canceled as storms forced the festival to close at around 5:00 p.m.

The Vienna Times has produced a special section for this week’s edition that features the winners of the talent show, chili cook-off, parade and Eagle House Ministries’ 5k Run for Hope. See Section B of this week’s Vienna Times for more photos.

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