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San Augustine's Sassafras Festival will go on, rain or shine

San Augustine Main Street Director Tracy Cox and Sassafras Festival chair Linda Goller take the rainy forecast in stride.  (Source: KTRE Staff) San Augustine Main Street Director Tracy Cox and Sassafras Festival chair Linda Goller take the rainy forecast in stride. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Sassafras Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary come rain or shine. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Sassafras Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary come rain or shine. (Source: KTRE Staff)
San Augustine Chamber President Waldo Dalchau says safeguards are written into festival contracts letting vendors know up front the show will go on despite bad weather. (Source: KTRE Staff) San Augustine Chamber President Waldo Dalchau says safeguards are written into festival contracts letting vendors know up front the show will go on despite bad weather. (Source: KTRE Staff)
About 85 vendors and numerous specials by downtown San Augustine businesses will be offered to shoppers on Saturday. Lots of entertainment and fun too. (Source: KTRE Staff) About 85 vendors and numerous specials by downtown San Augustine businesses will be offered to shoppers on Saturday. Lots of entertainment and fun too. (Source: KTRE Staff)
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) -

There are a lot of festival organizers watching the weather closely and for good reason.

Months of planning occurs, and it can be a letdown when bad weather gets in the way.

The organizers refuse to let the soggy forecast spoil the 25th anniversary of San Augustine’s Sassafras Festival. Since June the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce has been planning the 25th anniversary of the Sassafras Festival.

When festival chair Linda Goller saw this weekend's rainy forecast ...

"There was much discussion,” Goller said.

The conclusion by the chamber president Waldo Dalchau came to a conclusion.

"You don't anticipate the weather,” Dalchau said. You just go on with the festival."

That's pretty much the rule of thumb for most outdoor festivals.

Profits are collected up front through the sale of contest entry fees and vendor space. About 85 vendors paid the price to line the San Augustine square come rain or shine.

"I hate to say that, but it is written into the contract,” Dalchau said.

Auditors say the festival bottom line won't be affected, no matter what the weather.

"I sure hope not,” said Sarah Neel, an auditor.

Vendors and merchants have more at risk. Stores are full of merchandise waiting to be sold. All week long, San Augustine Main Street members offered clever discounts to commemorate the 25th year for Sassafras.

"Twenty-five-cent popcorn as I am having,” said Marshall McMillan, the Main Street Board president. And drawings for gift certificates."

"Twenty-five percent off all the apparel,” said Liz McCauley. “We've got 25 percent votive candles."

Best of all, merchants offer a dry spot in between showers for shoppers.

“We look forward to it,” said Tammy Shofner, a store owner. “We're excited it's going on and that it does bring people into town."

Festival planners call the rain a blessing for so many. They encourage guests to take part in the fun come rain or shine so they can later say, thank you and come again.

The San Augustine Sassafras Festival gets stared at 9 in the morning and goes on all day until 5 p.m. Saturday.

You can find other festivals in the area on our events page at www.ktre.com.
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