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Texas State Forest Festival insured for rainy days


When it rains people are forced to change plans. The Texas State Forest Festival has insured that they don't lose revenue when rain events happen.

"We are certainly proud to have that rain, but when the crowd doesn't show up at the festival it ruins the whole evening, said Angelina County Chamber President Jerry Huffman.

After a record setting opening night, Thursday saw little foot traffic.

Huffman isn't new to this event, which is why the chamber purchased rain insurance.

The festival pre purchases insurance for each day.

"Thursday and Friday night we would buy insurance for 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. and if we get a half inch or inch of rain then our insurance would kick in," Huffman said.

If the required amount of rain is reached, the policy will pay meaning the festival won't lose out on its annual $60,000 profit.

"The forest festival benefits the chamber, the Texas Forest Museum, Angelina Beautiful/Clean and the Expo Center, so if we had a good five day event we would be able to give them more money then we obviously would if we had rain that killed us," said Huffman.

Insurance agents say not having insurance could be costly.

"You can budget for the incremental amount of rain insurance each year, but if a rain event did occur and kill participation in the event, that alone could severely impact their income for their event," said insurance agent Ben Bartlett.

Huffman said that right now the festival is breaking evening and he is hoping for a strong weekend showing so the event can be considered a success.

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