Cold Wet Weather Changes Event Plans


Wet rainy weather is on the way late Thursday (May 2) and could cause problems for several weekend events planned throughout the area.

First Thursday Fayetteville’s outdoor artwalk and entertainment scheduled for Thursday (May 2) will be cancelled. All outdoor activities will not be available, however, the indoor galleries on the Square will still be celebrating First Thursday with gallery events.

Meanwhile, War Eagle Mill Spring Festival organizers say the show will go on, thanks to tents. The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas has postponed their annual Touch-a-Truck event that was scheduled for Saturday, May 4. It will now be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers.

Fayetteville Springfest will kick off as planned at 7 a.m. Saturday (May 4) with a pancake breakfast on Dickson Street and events throughout the day, says an organizer.

Immaculate Conception in Fort Smith hosts its Spring Festival every year during the first weekend in May. The event, benefiting the school and parish, offers carnival games and live music as well as food and drinks for sale.

Event organizers say they’re planning for much different weather conditions than they experienced last year.

“It’s usually blistering,” said Andrea Leding, event organizer. “Last year it was over 100 degrees, and we were sweating to death.”

But this year, they’re trading in the snow cones for hot cocoa, as the event will still go on outside.

“We’ve got wonderful warm yummy food to serve to everyone,” she said. “We’ve got hot cocoa. We’ve got coffee coming from Sweet Bay. They’ve been generous enough to help us with that.”

One of the vendors who has supported the festival since the beginning says a little rain won’t keep him away. His restaurant, Taliano’s, will be serving up warm food to help fight the cold.

“We’re going to have Taliano’s lasagna, and we’re also going to serve penne alfredo with chicken,” Tom Caldera said. “So everybody needs to come with an empty stomach ’cause there’s going to be plenty to eat.”

The principal of Immaculate Conception School says they’ve dealt with extreme weather during the festival in past years but this will probably be the coldest.

“The first weekend in May, who expects for temperatures to be in the 30’s and 40’s?” said Principal Sharon Blentlinger.

The Spring Festival will go on, rain or shine, in the parking lot of the IC church on corner of N. 13th in Fort Smith.

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