Storm closes Riverfest early

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

Heavy rain and high winds forced the Niles Riverfest to close early on what's typically its busiest day.

Before the storm hit, vendors secured their booths and large tents were taken down to prevent any injuries.

Police evacuated the event as soon as severe weather rolled through Niles.

Organizers hoped the storm would blow through quickly, but ended up cancelling the rest of the night's entertainment.

That meant many vendors missed out on a big night for business.

“You shut down a festival on Saturday night, your biggest night, that's going to affect the vendors a lot,” said Tom Majerek, Niles Riverfest Entertainment Coordinator. “They'll do ok instead of great. I think we were on a path to do great, now we're just going to do ok.”

Despite the severe weather, there wasn't any major damage to the booths or tents.

Niles Riverfest will be back open tomorrow when the pancake breakfast starts at eight.

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