NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - It was a rough start to the weekend weather-wise. Tropical Storm Andrea brought wind and rain, forcing Harborfest officials to cancel some events, including the popular Parade of Sail. They moved most of Friday's activities and performances inside to stay away from the storm.
Tropical Storm Andrea certainly left her mark on sales for vendors. One popcorn vendor told WAVY.com she sold one bag of popcorn during the washout Friday, amounting to a whopping $7.
Sunday was a better sales day at Harborfest, but the crowds were not enough for some vendors to recoup their losses from Friday's washout. Another vendor, selling peanuts, said she predicts she lost $1,200 in sales.
While the money wasn't flowing for vendors, the event organizers said the festival, overall, still brought in strong attendance numbers, even on the rainy Friday.
"I think we probably had all together about 10 to 12,000 people on Friday. Otherwise, if we cancelled, we would have had nothing. People were down here at the restaurants, going to the concerts. And, Saturday and Sunday, it was Harborfest as usual," said Karen Scherberger, CEO, Festevents.
Vendors say even though the weather served them a tough hand, they will return next year.
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