SunFest 2013 off to soggy start in downtown West Palm Beach

Some vendors feel financial impact due to weather

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - When the gates of SunFest opened, it seemed the skies opened. The five-day music and arts festival along the West Palm Beach waterfront was off to a very rainy start.

"This year they changed it to 'RainFest',so it works," said Joe Power of Jupiter. He and other optimistic spectators donned their ponchos, raincoats and even trash bags on the first afternoon of festivities. "There's some sun," he said. "It's peaking through the clouds right now. That counts."

For the hundreds of vendors at SunFest, customers who chose to avoid the rain drops also avoided spending any money at the outdoor festival Monday.

"I haven't had one customer yet," said Rita Kennedy, who was selling SunFest apparel and merchandise. Kennedy and other vendors believe that the music will bring the people - and the dollars - to SunFest through Sunday evening.






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