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Rain puts a damper on Memorial Day weekend festivities


Third Street in Hannibal is usually jam packed with people browsing through knick knacks at booths and eating some of the town's favorites, but gloomy weather kept many people indoors Saturday.

Kerley's manager Tara Rueb says the she thinks the rain and unseasonably cool temperatures were a problem.

"Usually this place is packed. People are coming in and out. Usually people are coming in because we have air conditioning and it's hot and this year there's hardly anyone passing by," said Rueb.

And Rueb says downtown businesses rely on the holiday weekend to make money.

"These big weekends are really important to us and with this it's kind of a bummer," said Rueb.

But, Lula Belles' owner Bill Moore disagrees.

He says he thinks the rain may have drawn more people in for lunch today.

"I think the rain kind of helped us out, brought people inside for a little while to dry off," said Moore.

Moore says he thinks it may have put a damper on business for the vendors who set up booths.

"It's unfortunate that all the rain has come for them," said Moore.

Rueb says she's optimistic that business will people up a bit over the rest of the weekend.

"Hopefully, the weather will calm down and people will start coming out," said Rueb.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

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