Foot traffic at Arts Fest was noticeably light Friday morning as heavy thunderstorms passed through the region.
But not everyone was deterred by the weather.
Carrie Reede and family were having a blast splashing in the puddles along South Allen Street.
“We’re on our way to the buckets. We figured we’re gonna get soaked so we might as well enjoy it,” Reede, of Florida, said.
Mary and Will Whiton, Penn State alumni, and mom, Kathy, also braved the storm, clad in Nittany Lion ponchos.
The ponchos worked out better than their umbrellas, Mary Whiton said.
But they didn’t get them until two hours after the “torrential” downpour started, Will Whiton said.
Mary Whiton said they love visiting for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
“I’m an artist myself, and I just love to see all the artwork,” Kathy Whiton said. “It’s fabulous.”
Photographer Jana Scott, of State College, sells macro photos of rust, and has been exhibiting at Arts Fest for eight years.
She said the artists need to be prepared for rain.
Scott said she has tarps and flaps that can come down in the rain, and her booth is set off from the curb to avoid the river of water that flows down the street.
When someone purchases one of her photos in inclement weather, she has garbage bags to put it in or she’ll hold it until the weather clears up, Scott said.
The several hours of rain on Friday morning was a little more than Scott’s seen before, she said, but it was still a good day.
There were some “die-hard” shoppers out, she said.