Rain in Central Texas

Rain in Central Texas

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Mother nature provided some much-needed rain across central Texas Saturday, but it also affected many popular events, including the Old Pecan Street Festival in Downtown Austin.

Under an early morning sky, rain began to fall across Central Texas and in Downtown. The rain didn't let up, and forced the cancellation of several events, including the Austin Cure Search Walk. Organizers of the 4th annual event didn't let the rain stop them from celebrating and still raising money to help fight cancer.

Crowds at the Pecan Street Festival were much smaller than usual. The damp day kept many from attending the family event.

"I am not even from here and I came here to the Pecan Festival," said Emily Pavelka, adding that she was disappointed after driving all the way from Houston.

While some were disappointed about the scaled-back version of the festival, others were enjoying the lower attendance.

"It's nice not to have to bump elbows to walk down the street," said Austin resident Steve Chapel.

Organizers of the Pecan Street Festival said that will all change come Sunday, as nicer weather is forecasted.

"Tomorrow we'll probably have a good 150,000 to 200,000 people in one day, since we didn't have a real push here," said organizer Michael Hernandez. "And we're looking forward to having them all."

Some decided to move the fun indoors to area bars and restaurants on 6th Street. But those who did decide to stay outside said they will make the best of it.

The Pecan Street Festival continues from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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