Vendors remain upbeat despite rainy Panoply Festival

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Finding an incredible piece of art at Panoply Arts and Music Festival is about as common as springtime rain in the Rocket City.  “If that’s going to bother you, you best just try something else," jokes Cloud Farrow, a vendor from Sand Rock, Alabama.

Weather kept the festival closed Friday.  “I was out hahaha until it just seemed it wasn’t gonna quit raining, so we went ahead and zipped up and went back to the camper," says Farrow.

It shut down the gathering for a little over an hour Saturday, but, perhaps appropriate for a man with his name, Cloud didn't seem to mind.  “It’ll rain or it won’t rain, I don’t worry about it. I just do the best I can," he says.

Louri Gibbons is a four year veteran of Panoply from Florence, AL, and says she budgets for rainy days. “I pretty much count on Panoply having one burnt run day. It’s just the way Panoply is," she says.

She doubts changing the date would make any difference. “I think it’s the festival itself, brings the rain," says Gibbons.

But or those fleeting moments, where the sun peeks out from the clouds and the band plays on, it's all worth it. “It just brings out a lot of people with a lot of different talents together and everybody can enjoy musicians and visual artists, and dancers and singers, the sort of things not everyone sees every day," she says.

The festival continues Sunday, from noon until 7 pm.


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