Festivals Dodge Stormy Skies

The metro’s latest brush with stormy skies put a damper on the launch of the Santa Lucia and Summer Arts festivals but both weathered the delays.

The anticipation built for the ceremonial lighting of the Triumphal Arch but the rain put a 45 minute delay into the plans.

Santa Lucia committee member Ann Scolaro said, "I think the rain is going to pass in about, oh, it's probably going to come in about 10 minutes, it'll pass in about 20 minutes, and we'll be open for the rest of the evening."

Everyone took cover as the rain came down.

With the Omaha Summer Arts Festival coming together right nearby, storms caused some concerns, but organizers hae a plan in place. They started by telling everyone about any danger.

Event Manager Emily Peklo said, "We also have a text messaging system in order, and email, and we inform them, depending on what the weather situation is, where to go, what to do, things of that nature."

Sandbags held the tents in place as the turbulent weather blew through.

When the rain stopped, artists continued to get things ready.

Storm chaser and photographer David Mayhew said the weather is always risky for outdoor events at this time of year.

He said, “I'd expect to see these kinds of storms, but the double whammy is at an art fair. I can't chase. I can't take photos, and my work gets wet, so.”

With another storm gone, everyone hopes for brighter days ahead.

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