Weather scratches many outdoor KC festivities

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the first time in nearly three decades, the Brookside Art Festival has had to cancel its first night -- and its not alone.

Festivals from Grandview, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., are calling it quits due to the weather.

Set-up at Art Annual is a day behind thanks to chilly temps and slushy snow making a highly unusual appearance in may.

"We wanted to make sure that everybody was safe and that we had an art fair that was really top notch and ready to go when we had customers starting to arrive," Jan Buerge said, a committee member for the art festival.

Artists from across the country come to Brookside to showcase a variety of work in more than 150 vendor booths. But this year, they have to miss out on an extra night of sales.

"When you miss a day, it digs into your pocket a little but but you'll make it up somewhere else down the road," said artist Larry Stephenson.

In Grandview, the Truman Heritage Festival had to cancel its entire weekend of events, including a performance by headlining band "Right on Red."

Lead singer Kim Osborne said a performance on a wet stage in rainy conditions just doesn't work.

"When it gets this cold, keyboard players, guitar players, drummers,  saxophone players, their instruments change, it's also hard when your fingers are numb to play."

Without its expected 20,000 visitors to the free festival, the city expects to lose about $40,000.

"Next two or three weeks, we'll be cutting checks to all of the vendors we had to cancel on, we'll refund them their money, we've got sponsors that we've given them options to be sponsors next year or to refund them their money," said Eric Lucas of Grandview Parks and Recreation.

Also losing money is Bonito Michoacan in Kansas City, Kan. -- host of it's annual Cinco de Mayo activities, which have also been cancelled this weekend.

"We were very disappointed that we had to go ahead and cancel after debating and judging from this inclement weather," organizer Camin Bell said.

One thing is for sure -- everyone hopes this weather is on its way out and spring can finally begin in the metro.

Cinco de Mayo in Kansas City, Kan., does plan to rescheudle for later in May or June. The art festival in Brookside begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

A collection of events around the metro that have been cancelled include:

  • Royals postpone Friday's 7:10 pm game, re-scheduled for 1:10pm on Monday at Kauffman Stadium
  • Food Truck Friday at The Star: cancelled for Friday; The event will be rescheduled. Check for the new date and time.
  • Brookside Art Annual: ONLY Friday events cancelled
  • Festival resumes Sat. 10am-9pm & Sun. 11am-5pm
  • Grandview, MO Truman Heritage Festival: 4-day festival, all events cancelled
  • Kansas City, Kansas Cinco de Mayo: Sat. & Sun. all events cancelled


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