WDAY: The News Leader

Published June 11, 2010, 03:28 PM

Rainy weather dampens rib festival once again

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Is it a weather curse? Or just bad luck. The popular RibFest is in full swing with concerts and finger licking, sassy sauce ribs, but one part of the festival that seems to dampen high crowd numbers is wet, rainy weather. Pleasant and warm sunny days seem to seldom visit the festival.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Cody and Jacob Tree-bold not only had a day with Grandma Gloria. They came to Rib Fest with one thing on their minds.

Despite a constant drizzle today, they lined up at Rib Fest, some coming prepared with their umbrellas. The puddles today are another reminder of how this festival continues to draw rib lovers, even though the last few years there have been more cloudy drizzly days than hot sultry summer afternoons.

“It is what it is and we come down anyway.”

“And what can you do about the weather? “

While a light mist may not keep people away, a downpour will. It will impact gate receipts and parking fees.

“It is June and people want to get outside. They have been inside for 9 months and they want to get outside.”

“You have to make the best of it. People are out here and they are friendly if they can handle it we can handle it.”

And the vendors, like rib champion Porky and Beans, say they will mop and grill in anything but pouring rain as long as the customers keep lining up.

“We get few complaints.”

Then again, what isn't better than 20-below? Rib-Fest runs through Sunday. Tonight's Entertainment, the Gin Blossoms.