Plenty of WNC events still a go this weekend, despite recent flooding
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
People throughout Western North Carolina are still picking up the pieces from the recent storms.
While there is a long way to go, it doesn't seem to be slowing many people down.
There are several events scheduled this weekend throughout the mountains. Many of which are still going on.
"We're carrying on and even if we get a little bit of rain tomorrow during the event we will carry on either way," said Kendra Penland, the Executive Director of Asheville Brewers Alliance.
Penland is also an organizer for the annual Beer City Festival held Saturday at noon in Downtown Asheville.
Pack Square Park in Asheville will be hosting more than 30 breweries, 3 bands and several more vendors at the festival.
"It's focused on community which is what craft beer is all about," said Penland.
While many events are still on, the Western North Carolina Air Museum Air Fair in Hendersonville has been canceled.
"They cancelled it due to the fact that people having to park in the grass and they were afraid to get bogged down," said Beth Carden, the Executive Director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.
Carden said thankfully, last weekend they were able to hold their annual Garden Jubilee.
She said they had about 150,000 people come out in 2 days.
That’s about 50,000 less than the previous year, but even though the numbers were down, Carden said sales were up.
"This is our 25th year and I don't think I’ve ever seen that much purchasing going on," said Carden.
Carden said that boost in the county's economy will hold them over, despite the Air Fair's cancellation.
"We expect a really big summer and hope the weather is kind of behind us for that," said Carden.
Carden said another event in Henderson County that will still be going is the annual Ice Cream Social in Flat Rock.
That is being held at the Village Hall Grounds on Saturday at noon.
In Old Fort, the North Carolina Gold Festival is still on.
The Mayor Pro Tem hopes that will be a morale boost for the area, which is one of the hardest hit by the recent storms.