Rainfall, from light to heavy, shut down the Archbold Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 19, earlier than planned.
Rain was predicted, said Amy Krueger, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce. The Archbold High School Marching Band, which was scheduled to perform, cancelled its appearance due to the forecast.
Rain was falling at 5:30 am, Saturday, but later, the weather was just cloudy. A light rain started around the 8:30 am starting time.
Krueger said the start was delayed as an attempt to put up an inflatable archway for the Run For The Lights 5K and Walk failed.
With the 200 block of North Defiance Street closed to traffic, the Archbold American Legion color guard marched the American flag into the center of the block in a light rain, and Allie McQuade, an AHS senior, performed the national anthem while being shielded by an umbrella.
Krueger said even during registration on Friday, those planning to participate in the Run For The Lights were cautioned about the weather forecast, but she said the runners told her, “We don’t care, we run in the rain.”
As youngsters were lining up for the Fun Run, the rainfall increased to a downpour, and a “rain delay” was called.
About 10 minutes later, the Fun Run was held.
The 5K started as rain was falling.
Krueger said during the race, members of the Chamber Board discussed the situation among themselves, and the consensus was to ask people at the event to visit their local businesses.
There were organizations that set up booths at the festival. The decision on whether or not to leave early was left to them, Krueger said.
Some did pack and leave early.
The Lions Club Auction, planned for later in the morning, was cancelled. Krueger said the club is considering holding a silent auction during the Nov. 5 AACC Annual Meeting and Lions Club Citizen of the Year banquet.
Krueger said she heard a lot of people comment on the bad weather for the festival.
“What do you do? You can’t control the weather. Later, it cleared up to be a beautiful day,” she said.
She added, Jake Grime, Archbold, who has been on the committee that stages the 5K for many years, said 2015 was the first year the Run For The Lights was staged in the rain.