PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

September 20, 2013

Rainy weather doesn’t dampen Pecan Fest spirits

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Rainy weather with the threat of a flash flood isn’t enough to dampen the spirits of organizers with the Texas Pecan Festival.

“We’re going to continue unless it’s a total washout,” Brad Corley, festival co-chairperson, said.

The parade committee is scheduled to meet at 7 a.m. Saturday to make a determination regarding parade which is scheduled for 10 a.m.

It also seems rain isn’t enough to keep the crowds away either. Corley said Thursday’s attendance was one of the largest opening day they’ve had.

As long as there is not a major downpour, the festival will go on.

“The park is in good shape,” he said adding that the rain has been sporadic thus allowing for the rainwater to either soak into the ground or run off. “Right now we still have grass not mud.”

The region is under a flash flood watch through Sunday morning with storm total accumulations expected to be five to six inches with some locally higher amounts of eight to 10 inches possible, according to Roger Erickson with the National Weather Service-Lake Charles.

“You take what God gives you,” he said referring to the weather. “What’s that phrase ... when life gives you lemons you make lemonade.”

This is not the first year weather has affected the festival. Back in 2005 Hurricane Rita blew in during festival week.

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