Rain may have kept some away, but others came out for the annual Spring Fling street fair Sunday.
With rain falling early in the street fair, many downtown streets remained empty, with Chamber of Commerce officials estimating around 25-percent of vendors turned out for the event. As the rain tapered off in the early afternoon, more turnout with with many students filling downtown streets for the fair.
As the streets started filling up, vendors started reporting an uptick in interest from customers. Turn out remained steady, but below normal during the afternoon as the rain stopped but gray clouds continued to hover overhead.
Music picked up as the rain stopped with several local bands taking to the main stage on Elm Street. The Arts Workshop on East Broad Street played inside the windows open during the heavy rain and then moved outside for the traditional Swiss Horns presentation during the dry periods. The rain forced The Static Jacks to cancel a performance at Ritas.
Multiple street fairs will continue on the calander in the next few weeks. Next weekend is the annual sidewalk sale days, along with the Westfield Neighborhood Council exotic car show. The WNC will be hosting three small scale street fairs in the South Avenue train station parking lot in the spring, summer and fall. In September, the chamber will host the annual Festifall street fair.