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Rain putting a damper on early summer plans for people


Many people in Michiana have been saying "rain, rain, go away" these past few days.

The wet weather has been scaring people off from summer events like the St. Joseph Co. 4-H Fair and South Bend Silver Hawks games.

"We were going to come rain or shine," said John Vaught, who attended the St. Joseph 4-H Fair Tuesday.

Vaught and his family say Tuesday was the only day they could attend the 4-H fair, so they were making the most of it, even with the scattered showers.

"As you can see it's a little rain, no shine," said Vaught. "It rains and it doesn't rain, so we're out here enjoying it with the kids anyway."

Unfortunately for the folks who are running the fair, Vaught's family is just one of the few who decided to brave the elements. Members of the fair board say the rain over the past week is definitely keeping folks from pouring in.

"We saw the forecast for the temperatures and partly cloudy and sunny and it was all week, but where this rain came I don't know," said Lee Slavinskais, St. Joseph 4-H Fair Board President. "It seems like it's in a front in a circle and it won't go away."

The South Bend Silver Hawks are having similar issues with getting people in the door when the weather is wet. Team officials say when it rains during the day, their attendance numbers sometimes suffer, because people don't tend to walk up to the box office on those days.

The rain has also forced the team to turn customers away a few times this year.

"I mean last year we had one rainout all season long and that didn't happen until game 60 of last season," said Silver Hawks team president Joe Hart. "I think tonight is game 41 and we've already had four rainouts."

Fortunately for the folks in Bremen it literally didn't rain on their parade Tuesday. The showers held up enough for the firefighters to march the streets of downtown.

"[The rain holding up] is a big relief," said Captain Eric Thornton, Bremen Fire Department. "In my 17 years we haven't had a rain out, so we got lucky."

As the holiday weekend approaches though, most people say they're nervous that rain could ruin their independence day. Needless to say, they are hoping the only thing falling from the sky is fireworks.

"We're hoping the 4th of July is a decent day," said Vaught. "We're going to have a cook out over there we'll just spend time together. "

Despite the afternoon rain, the Silver Hawks were able to have fireworks after Tuesday's game. The team is also planning on having fireworks Wednesday night as well. Hart says they are expecting one of their biggest crowds Wednesday.

Fair officials also are hoping for the rain stays away for the next few days. There are a few concerts and other family events planned over at the St. Joseph Co. Fairgrounds.

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