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Corridor Festivals Still Going on Despite Rain

CEDAR RAPIDS/IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- There were many ways to get off your couch and enjoy the outdoors this weekend.

The 1st Cedar Rapids Farmer's Market kicked off their summer 2014 season Saturday.

For vendors at the farmer's market, they couldn't have asked for better weather.

"It's a really nice day for the market," Corn Fushion Manager Melissa Blanchette said.

Dry conditions that lasted through the morning and brought a crowd of more than 16,000 people downtown.

"Turnout has been great," Communications Coordinator Pam Hinman said. "The 1st market of the season is always the biggest and the weather is cooperating."

She said they constantly monitor the weather.

"Unless there is lightening or something really dangerous the show goes on."

Severe weather that the Cedar Rapids Farmer's Market didn't have to worry about.

But in Iowa City, the Summer of the Arts Festival  had to be prepared for storms.

"A lot of people brought their umbrellas," SOTA Executive Director Lisa Barnes said. "The only thing we do have to worry about is if there is severe weather and then we shut down hopefully temporarily."

She says the festival shut down about 3 years ago when severe weather moved into the area, canceling the jazz headliner that night.

SOTA organizers hope that won't happen this year but if it does, they'll move some events indoors and some performances may be canceled.

For metal sculptor Donald Esser, he said the rain brings a new light to his pieces.

"It lookes better with a little precipitation," he said laughing.

A little rain isn't keeping artist lovers away.

"My work is all about the rain," Esser said.

The wet weather didn't keep folks from enjoying their Saturday outdoors.

"Everyone's in a great mood and it's like the start of summer to me," Hinman added.

Both events have shut down before due to severe weather but unfortunately, there is no empty space they can do to. They just have to wait for the storms to pass.

The Summer of the Arts festival will continue to hold performances and showcase artwork through Sunday, June 8th from 10-4 PM.

The Cedar Rapids Farmer's Market is every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. It goes from June to September.

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