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Some Don't Let Rain Drown Weekend Fun
NORTH LIBERTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Sunday's rainy weather kept many Iowans from enjoying Memorial Day weekend, but not everyone in the Corridor let Mother Nature keep them from having some fun.
North Liberty's Blues and Barbeque event was originally scheduled for Saturday, but organizers moved it to Sunday in hopes of better weather. The sun didn't shine, but those at the event said they still wanted to come out.
"Just because, if North Liberty's going to do this, we're going to support it," said resident Amy Wolcott.
The turnout for the event did suffer, but co-chair Nick Bergus was still optimistic.
"We still have music, we still have some nice craft brews, we still have got some great barbeque (and we'll enjoy it despite the weather)," Bergus said.
Some vendors decided to call it a day and pack up early, but others were in it for the long haul, like Cynful Smokers Barbeque.
"We've competed in the rain before, but never tried to sell product in the rain before," said owner Mark Wehrle.
Because the event was moved, Wehrle had to rearrange his entire operation Saturday night. Keeping the meat at the right temperature while it was being moved made for a big challenge, but Wehrle said his team coordinated well.
"We got it all done the correct way and we're ready to serve a lot of food today," he said.
Luckily, plenty of people were in the mood for hot food, despite the lower turnout. Still, folks at Blues and Barbeque weren't flying solo in dealing with the rain.
The Sugar Bottom Campground was packed with tents, campers and people who weren't afraid to get a little wet in order to enjoy the weekend.
"We've been in the camper playing games, and when it stops raining, the kids come out and play, and we just try to do the best we can," said camper Christie Schwager.