Panoply Hit With Weekend Rain, Vendors Remain Optimistic

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Arts Council’s largest program was hit yet again this year with heavy rain, dampening attendance numbers but vendors say sales were still “pretty good.”

The wet weather forced Panoply 2013 organizers to delay opening the festival Sunday and canceled some music acts that were scheduled to take the stage Sunday morning. Due to the weather delay organizers opened Sunday free of charge.

Vendors WHNT News 19′s Matt Kroschel talked with say despite the rain, sales were still “ok.”

“Sunday has been basically a wash so we are packing up early and headed home, but Saturday brought lots of foot traffic and we sold some art, we are happy,” artist Natha Hancock said.

Organizers say they had hoped to break even on the event this year but that likely wont happen to to decreased ticket sales.

“The rain is always a challenge but it is just kind of part of the fun of this event and we just tried to make the best of it,” Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jayken told WHNT News 19 Sunday afternoon.

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