Rainy weather forced Myrtle’s Candy Hill Festival from its intended location next to the tracks in Myrtle to the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany.
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 4, next to the BNSF railroad tracks in front of Myrtle City Hall. Friday’s weather forecast brought about the decision to move the event to the Arena at the fairgrounds in New Albany. It was a good call.
A lot of urgent work went into moving the festival. The performance stage, sound system, food vendors, political displays, chidren’s “bounce house,” moved kit and caboodle under cover at the arena. During the event, it rained hard enough on the metal roof to provide extra percussion for the band. However, the sound system was good, voices were strong and everybody enjoyed the music.
Rain or not, it all worked. The crowd was perhaps a little smaller than it might have been outside in sunny weather, but those who showed up had a good time.
There was ample parking near the Arena structure. A short dash through the rain, and people were under cover.
Folks listened to the music and tapped their toes. Kids played in the bounce house. Politician made speeches, handed out campaign literature, ball point pens and bottles of cold water.
Most importantly, as at any such event, people from Myrtle visited with one another and with their friends from other parts of Union County.
Everybody stayed dry and everybody had a good time.