I thought we might make it out before the rain started, but as soon as Art pulled up in our vehicle (realize that all 100+ artists are retrieving their vehicles and trying to park next to their displays all at the same time), it started to pour. We ran a couple of things to the car and stashed them, but the rest remained piled up under the canopy, which Art held on to, along with the help of 200 pounds worth of sand in buckets that we use to weigh down the canopy. Did I mention that I ran back to the car to wait out the storm? Yes, I left my husband standing under a metal-framed canopy during a thunderstom with all kinds of crazy-close lightning so that he could hold onto it and watch over the rest of the stuff piled up underneath. What a guy! (Love you.....XOXOXOXOX....) We were both soaked, and everything that I had that didn't get put in the car on the first trip was soaked. It dropped 1.25 inches of rain on us in about a half an hour.
As bad as it was, it could have been worse...we had a little advanced warning, and because it was at the end of the festival, we didn't wait for anyone official to tell us to pack up. While everything got wet, nothing was really ruined, and Art didn't get struck by lightning. So.....I hope you can make it to Grandview on July 28 for the next festival. I'm really hoping for a dry day!