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Arts festival organizers have one eye on the sky

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Thousands are packing downtown Fort Worth for the Main Street Arts Festival. 

But severe weather could put a damper on the last day of the annual event.  If anyone was worried about the weather, they weren't talking about it on Saturday. 

In fact, it's just the opposite.  Many were saying it was the weather primarily, that got them to the 29th Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. 

For nearly three decades, fancy footwork, music, food and art all come together in downtown Fort Worth.  "The crowds have shown up and the art's moving, it's a good weekend!" said artist Gregory Story.  The wide variety of art comes in all shapes and sizes. 

Lisa Bailey is a vendor at the festival.  "People are enthusiastic, they are out to buy, they are out to appreciate the arts, and this fair draws an incredible selection of artists from all over the country." 

And while not all art appeals to everyone, everyone at the festival appeared to agree on one thing.  "Perfect weather, this is unusual to have three great days in a row," said Bailey.  "The weather is just wonderful," said Lu Ann Phillips, who attended the festival on Saturday.  "The weather I think contributed to all the crowd and everybody is just cheerful and they are excited to be here and it's just good weather for it."   

For some, it's almost a magical experience when music, art, and great weather come together to make memories.  "We came out here to have a good time and left with a piece," said Chad Ruprecht.  "And I think that's kind of the idea.  People come out here to have a good time and leave with a couple of pieces of art." 

With severe weather on the radar from tomorrow, vendors will have one eye on their art and the other on the sky.  Organizers who've done this nearly 30 years now say they'll be working closely with the National Weather Service and their emergency operations center, and if they have to, they'll get the word out early.


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