The race is on, “We have 161 vendors this year,” to get everything ready for the 31st annual Strawberry Festival in Loxley.
Weather threats are nothing new to outdoor festivals but this weekend they will button down a little tighter.
“We normally just stake down real tight,” says festival vendor Keith Moeggenberg. “It’s a solid booth. Everything will be good and if I have to come over here we can tie down to different things.”
In Gulf Shores, crawfish will be the theme of the Zydeco Festival is in its fourth year.
“We went from three thousand the first year with rain. We had ten thousand last year. We were hoping to get 12 to 15 thousand this year but we’ll see with the weather,” says city Events Manager Brigette Reynolds.
Safety plans are in place for a quick evacuation if necessary. Both festivals planning to go on as planned.
The same for a huge soccer tournament in Foley. 150 teams from throughout the region start play Friday night with championship games on Sunday. The weather could impact play according to Deputy Director of Foley Sports Tourism Don Dukemineer. “Soccer teams don’t mind playing in the rain. They will play as long as there is not lightning and thunder. We will try and go as long as we can.”
Crowds may be bigger than expected at these events because red flags will go up along Baldwin County beaches Friday night. There is a high risk of rip currents through Sunday as this weather system moves ever closer to the News Five area.