Weather affects town picnic
The possibility of predicted mid-afternoon thunderstorms that didn’t materialize until later in the day probably hurt attendance at the first Old Time Picnic at Harrison Park last Saturday.
“I was a little disappointed,” admitted event organizer and downtown merchant Steve Cortes. “The only reason it didn’t go as well as it could have is because everybody was a little bit fearful of the rain. It managed to hold off. It was funny. I was the last one to leave there Saturday because I was picking up all the trash and put the trash in bags and loaded up my truck. I went to the end of the street (McCutchen) and picked up that sign we put ‘Picnic’ on, and as soon as I closed the door, the clouds opened up and it just poured.”
Cortes estimated attendance between 200–250 people throughout the five-hour minifestival.
“I think it was a good enough first-year start to where we can do it again next year,” he said, adding he has received “a lot of comments on Facebook (Downtown Ellijay page).”
“And the people I’ve talk to said it was enjoyable, and they had a good time,” he continued. “The vendors were happy, the band (Signal 57) wrote me back and said they were happy with the turnout. We may do it again in September next year.”
Cortes said he had around 20 volunteers help with games, rock painting and gathering ducks in the Ellijay River during the duck race.