Storms cause damage, bring local festival to halt

Many vendors at the Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival were left without tents after storms on Saturday night. Source: Around Lake Lure

RUTHERFORD CO., N.C. (WSPA) – Storms left behind damage at the Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival.

Severe weather hit Saturday night causing the festival to close Sunday morning as vendors cleaned up and assessed the damage.

Candace Cronin and Kim Patton both have tables at this year’s festival, and both woke up Sunday, to learn their displays had been destroyed.

“There was tents on tents, there were collapsed tents,” Patton says. “My tent instead of being in my spot was over close to the road, along with all my tables and boxes and stuff.”

Many vendors at the Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival were left without tents after storms on Saturday night. Source: Around Lake Lure

Out of more than 80 artists that were there when the festival started Friday, organizers say only 32 came back Monday.

“People lost everything. For some people this is their livelihood,” Cronin says.

The ones who could rebound didn’t have to work alone…to clean up the mess.

“The town sent their folks down from the Department of Public Works. The police were here, fire department volunteers were here,” says Kevin Cooley, an organizer for the festival.

“For two hours before we’d even gotten here, people were gathering my things and putting them all together. It was such amazing teamwork and team effort of people working together” Cronin says.

The festival was open Monday starting at 10 a.m.

 

 

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