Waynesboro's Fall Foliage Festival Draws Crowd, Despite Rain
Waynesboro is hosting its annual Fall Foliage Festival over the weekend. The popular event typically attracts 20,000 visitors.
Saturday's rainy weather didn't deter crowds from coming downtown to shop the outdoor art gallery. It was a sea of umbrellas along downtown Waynesboro.
A band played country and blues to an area empty of an audience on a rain-soaked Saturday. Not more than 10 yards away, Waynesboro's Fall Foliage Festival filled downtown with an outdoor art gallery with jewelry, pottery, and designs lining the streets.
"It's rain, but hey, I've enjoyed it. It's a nice show. It's got a lot of new artists out here this year," said Saundra Frazier of Kents Store Virginia.
Frazier carried along her umbrella but never used it, as she darted between tents - intrigued by new artwork.
"Some of the pottery…when you look at it, it looks really heavy and you pick it up…its feather light," she said.
Lisa Aronzon's been blowing glass Venetian style for 29 years and says the rain really hasn't kept crowds away from this annual fall tradition.
"I am really proud of all of the people coming out in the rain and not letting it stop them," she said.
Arozon sells glass art that varies from ornaments to vases. This year she's not only hoping to attract buyers, but also veterans.
"At the beginning of the year I heard a speech from our president who asked us to help the veterans come home from the wars," she said.
Aronzon is creating a class for those service members on Veterans Day.
"I could teach a veteran how to blow glass in an apprentice type situation," she said.
Until then she looks forward to selling more glass art as the festival and music continue, rain or shine.
Organizers say they haven't noticed a decrease in foot traffic Saturday despite the rain. The festival continues Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
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