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Shreveport, LA -- October's Red River Revel

As artists we are very aware of the impact weather has on our incomes. A while back a friend's new boy friend was heard to mention that he had recently learned that The Weather Channel was as important as CBS and NBC as a source of news. No surprise to any of us! But have you thought of how the weather impacts the organizations putting on the event?

This fall the 34th Annual Red River Revel was held in the midst of 20 inches of rain for the month of October, "the wettest on record. Water flooded dozens of homes and forced evacuations throughout northwest Louisiana," reports What this means to the festival is that revenues were down considerably and they are being challenged to make this up to keep the 2010 festival on schedule.

“As one of the nation’s longest running outdoor arts festivals, we are proud to say that when it comes to festivals, THE REVEL REIGNS! This year, The REVEL meant RAIN,” a Dec. 4 letter from the Revel governing board states. “The financial losses this year are nothing less than staggering.”

I have spent time with the festival's organizer, Kip Holloway, at NAIA Director's conferences and know him to be totally devoted to his city and its premier festival. Read the rest of the story here.

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