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Rain doesn’t stop crowd at AOP festival

Cheyanne Edlund, 9, of Mt. Morris, drives her miniature horse Tootsie as her grandmother, Laury Edlund, walks alongside during the Harvest Time Parade on Sunday. Generations Driving Club won Best of Show for their entries. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Cheyanne Edlund, 9, of Mt. Morris, drives her miniature horse Tootsie as her grandmother, Laury Edlund, walks alongside during the Harvest Time Parade on Sunday. Generations Driving Club won Best of Show for their entries. Photo by Earleen Hinton

A little drizzle and soggy ground wasn’t enough to keep the crowds away from Oregon’s 48th annual Autumn on Parade festival last weekend.

“It went very well considering the weather we were dealt,” said AOP Committee President Marseyne Snow. “We still had a good crowd and the crafters I talked to were happy with their sales.”

Several inches of rain fell overnight Friday into Saturday, leaving the ground saturated and muddy.

Drizzle fell intermittently all day Saturday and more — much of which didn’t materialize — was predicted for Sunday.

The rain stopped long enough Sunday for the Harvest Time Parade.

“We had a good parade,” Snow said. “It gave us a window for that.”

Down on the courthouse square, the Farmers Market and the Food Court were already full of shoppers by mid-morning Saturday, despite the clouds overhead.

Sandy Armbruster, of Oregon, was not deterred in the least by the dreary weather as she and members of her family looked through the merchandise offered at the booths.

“We came early to beat the rain,” she said. “We got here at 8 a.m.”

She comes to shop every year, and found the outdoor decorations she was looking for.

“And then some,” she said with a laugh. “We’ve already made a trip to the car. It’s a wonderful event.”

Dana Russell-Brown and Diana Lewis were doing a brisk business at their booth, selling pottery and dried flowers, in front of the courthouse.

Russell-Brown said the crowd did not seem smaller than usual.

“We’ve been busy. The crowd has been at least average,” she said.

Around the corner, Lynnette Hough visited with the customers at her Maple Lane Farm booth, offering homemade maple syrup and other maple-flavored treats.

“Its been good,” she said. “We’ve had a steady crowd.”

Umbrellas and raincoats came out as the drizzle resumed shortly before noon.

“I came prepared,” one woman said as she ducked for cover under a bright print umbrella and headed for the Farmers Market.

Snow said a few parade participants canceled due to the forecast on Sunday.

“The predicted rain may have kept a few people from coming but we had a good festival,” she said.

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