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Cool, Rainy Weather Plague Upstate Festivals

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Cool and rainy weather has put a damper on upstate events thus far this spring. Cool and rainy weather has put a damper on upstate events thus far this spring.
Spartanburg, SC -

Major festivals in the Upstate can't catch a break with bad weather.

The Greer Family Fest and Spartanburg Spring Fling kicked off this weekend, while downtown Greenville's Main Street Friday was cancelled due to bad weather.

"Hopefully the skies will clear up and we can put some smiles on some people's faces," vendor Antwan Strange said.

The vendors come from all over the southeast. The damp and dreary conditions have translated into slumping profits for some. Spring Fling coordinator Jane Warner is proud of the effort this year and hopes the drizzle and overcast skies don't stop people from coming out.

"I don't know anywhere else you're going to get so much entertainment for free," Warner said.

Strong attendance is key for the organizers and vendors to be successful.

"Some of them work on a percentage and pay us back so if they don't make money, we don't make money and we never really make money we break even," she said.

Vendors appreciated the crowds that came out Friday and hope for a strong rest of the weekend.

"After you've already put in your expenses to be here, you want to have good weather," Veronique Smith, a vendor, said.

It was the third time Greenville's Heritage Main St. Fridays had to cancel this season since beginning on March 22.

Organizers say the cold weather has also affected the weeks they've actually been able to hold the event. The Pickens Azalea Festival also had to cancel a few days because of severe weather.

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