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Another one for the books...Durango CO Autumn Arts Festival

Oh what a difference a day makes. Saturday was cool but comfortable and Sunday was a whole 'nother story! Fortunately sales were good on Saturday. Sunday was pretty slow as most people browsed the show and the weather threatened all day long. Most of us were checking the weather web sites all day long and could pretty well predict when it would hit.

The email the night before from the director gave those that wished to take the opportunity to book early and at least 3 or 4 artists did take the early out. The rest of us stuck it out but still had that look of, "Should i leave or should i stay?" on our faces. At 2:00 the staff called the show and told us to pack it up but it was 2 minutes too late! Rain started slow and built into a downpour of hail, with lightening and thunder as well, for about an hour! We managed to stay dry in the tent and finished packing till it stopped. Amazingly everything got packed and we kept the work dry, maybe not so much for the tent but I'm okay with that.

And the rain keeps a com'n in Colorado!

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Comment by S Brian Berkun on September 26, 2013 at 11:30pm
Yeah, weather patterns have been unusual here to say the least. The big storm the week before was from moisture up from the gulf that stalled here for several days. I traveled about 300 miles to the show and stayed overnight so there was some overhead but I still made some money on this one. This is the fourth year I've done the show and the best year financially despite the weather!
To see my full report from last year see:
Comment by Connie Mettler on September 26, 2013 at 9:32pm

Snow? Hail? What was happening in Durango, Brian? This show season hasn't seemed to have as much bad weather as previous years, not many heavy winds and damage, except in Colorado! Do you live near, Brian? Were you traveling to do the show with some overhead?

Have you done this one before? In general is this a show you'd do again?

Comment by S Brian Berkun on September 26, 2013 at 7:49pm
Didn't look like it. I had one small tear, easy to fix!
Comment by Richard L. Sherer on September 26, 2013 at 6:05pm
Curious: any tents damaged by the hail.

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