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Severe weather puts Mayfest on hold, costs vendors thousands

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Posted at 8:47 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 21:47:04-04

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — When Mayfest's Saturday opening was delayed until 4:00 p.m., organizers say vendors lost thousands of dollars in profits. The cost to travel and set up at the festival amounts to roughly $1,200, which many made back on Friday, but they weren't able to add to their sales for most of the day.

“To lose the day Saturday is a big deal for the artists, a big deal for the food vendors," said Mayfest Board President Debby Raskin.

Raskin says 159 artists set up in all, from right here in Green Country as well as around the U.S. Many spent the day with each other, and while they were eventually able to salvage some sales, they began looking forward to Sunday as the afternoon wore on.

"It’ll have a festival atmosphere tomorrow I would imagine," Sally Wade said, "especially after the rain today when everyone’s been cooped up all day at home. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

For more information on Sunday, Mayfest's final day, click here.

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