HEUVELTON - Despite high winds and scattered showers due to Hurricane Earl, Labor Day weekend here saw hundreds turn out for a day of carnival games and entertainment.
Beginning with a 4-mile run that left several contestants soaked in the morning hours, festival-goers battled with the weather on and off all day.
Crafters buttoned down tents and volunteers picked up chairs that fell like dominos as high gusts repeatedly hit the fairgrounds throughout the afternoon.
New this year was the dunk tank that allowed eager contestants a shot to dunk local figures ranging from Mayor Barbara Lashua to The Journal reporter Benny Fairchild.
Kids kept the money flowing in the ticket booths as they lined up to play a variety of carnival-style games. Local concession trailers and vendors from all over the county also braved the bad weather to keep the annual event moving along. Event chair Shirley Todd said things were going pretty well despite the weather.
"You can plan the greatest event in the world but you can't control the weather," she said. "We got dumped on a couple times today already but things are clearing up. We are hoping people continue to show up today and hoping we get even more tomorrow for the parade," she said.
Labor Day festivities will continue today with the parade at 1 p.m. continuing down its original route that crosses the bridge and ends at the school. The Amvets will host a barbecue chicken dinner immediately after. The Acoustic Brothers will kick off a threesome of musical guests beginning at 2 p.m. at the boat launch. WD-40 Plus will perform at 3 p.m. followed by the Starlighters at 5 p.m. As always, the festivities will wrap up with a fireworks display at dusk.