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Rain and now SNOW, leaves its mark on Azalea Trail events

By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Saturday's downpour drenched a few of this weekend's main attractions, including Azalea Trail events. The Arts and Crafts Fair and The Tyler Rotary Chili Cook-off took place outside, despite the rain.

This morning, the first full day of spring, should prove interesting for azalea seekers and the events surrounding the trail.

Local vendors set up at Bergfeld Park to sell their hand-crafted goods, just like past year. There was a difference today. It was raining cats and dogs. "I might have changed my mind and not come," said Margaret Baldwin, a vendor. She added, "We normally make about 3-thousand dollars out here, and we have maybe made 40 dollars." 

 In the tent next to Baldwin's, Daniel McCord tested his luck against the wind and water. McCord said, "People are going to see that, rain or shine, we are going to be here for them." 

 A few brave shoppers traveled miles for the event but took cover under their umbrellas between booths.  Jean Taylor from Houston said, "I've been coming to the show for years, and I try to make it every year."

Some vendors packed up their merchandise and called it quits after a few hours. "We just decided, not conducive for selling crafts," said Sarah Meyers, a vendor.  

A few blocks away, at The Rotary Chili Cook off, quitting wasn't an option. John Daniels, a chili cook, said, "I have cooked in snow. Die hard chili cooks will cook anyhow. It doesn't make any difference." Even here, the weather took its toll. Instead of thirty vendors, there were twenty. As the day progressed, cooks continued to stir and vendors had to make the choice to stay or go.  McCord said, "If they are starting to button up, I may button up, but I am going to stay as long as I can."

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