Food vendors at Sunfest are worried about weather forecast as music festival nears

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rainy weather and thunderstorms are bad for business at Sunfest.

One of the largest food vendors for the event is especially worried about the forecast.

As organizers put on the finishing touches to Sunfest, vendors are worried about one thing.

"I don't think about the R-word," Sharon Shortt of San Francisco Puffs and Stuff said. "I just pray really hard at night."

San Francisco Puffs and Stuff is one of the biggest food vendors at Sunfest.

They won't even speak of the weather.

"That's a four letter word in the event industry so we don't like to use, the R-word," another vendor said.

The r-word is rain.

"If it rains in the morning it doesn't effect us at all. If it rains at like four o'clock it could bring sales down 50 to 70 percent because that's just when people start to come in on a weekday," Shortt said.

A blow San Francisco Puffs and Stuff couldn't handle right now.

The sequester canceled 15 major air shows they normally work.

"It really is devastating because Florida in the summertime there's not a lot of work because of the rain and that's when we usually do air shows out of the state, but that won't happen this year," Shortt said.

Rain or shine, Sunfest will go on, Sunfest spokeswoman Melissa Sullivan said.

Organizers won't say what will cause them to cancel a show.

They say they determine that on a case by case basis.

"We know how the dynamics of South Florida weather are," she said. "It can be raining in one place and not in another so we really have to see how it's impacting the festival area."

With different food tents all over the festival, San Francisco Puffs and Stuff hope the rain or thunderstorms stay away from the entire show.

"You have to be positive you know," Shortt said. "This is the kind of business we're in."

Vendors have been told an emergency plan in the case that a show must be canceled or if there is lightning in the area.

Organizers won't release the exact emergency plan.

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