As it turned out, I did
not go to this festival, but since I had already started this page,
I'm going to use it for a little rant.
I'm a compulsive weather
report checker, and a few days before the festival, it showed rain
for one day. I decided to hope for the best, but then the forecast
changed to two days of rain out of three. I've been to festivals
when it rained, and it ruins the fun.
I can't get my ticket
money back, but I decided to cut my losses and stay home, since I
could at least avoid buying gas at above $3.50 per gallon for a
round trip of 830 miles in a vehicle that gets less than 10 MPG.
In fact, I will not be
going to any winter festivals in Arizona again, ever. I've been
rained on as much as not, and finally realized that going to Arizona
in the winter and expecting it not to rain is one definition of
The last time I went to
this festival, it poured down rain on Sunday. I waited and hoped for
a while, and finally left about noon. I understand they had some
performances under a gazebo, but my memory of those gazebos is that
they have very little room, and are pretty much open to the elements
At the same promoter's
festival when it was held at Parker AZ we had one where it rained a
little every day, another where it rained a little, and another
where we had horrendous wind during the night that blew peoples'
lawn chairs across the countryside.
At another festival in
Bullhead City we had wind every time I went, and once a bad enough rain that
they moved the show inside a casino at Laughlin across the river for
Enough is enough.
--Dick Estel, February
PS: By staying home, I
accomplished the following: went out to dinner with my grandson, his wife,
and my great grandson, had a nice visit with Janell and Ken, and hiked
the final segment of the Clovis trail