AMMON — The threat of rain and gloomy skies didn’t keep folks from coming out for the start of the 22nd Annual Planter’s Day on Friday.
The event was held Friday and Saturday — the admission, for the first time, was a donation.
As strong gusty winds threatened to blow over vendor’s tents, folks from the community slowly made their way through the display of antique tractors and gathered for a saw mill demonstration. Rain showers arrived on Friday evening and the rain fell off and on during the day Saturday.
“The weather didn’t cooperate as we would have liked. The crowd was smaller due to the weather,” said organizer Nancy Smith.
Vendors offered all manner of things from wooden crafts to food. Live entertainment on the stage began at 2 p.m. Friday and continued all day on Saturday. On Friday, the Rev. Neill Smith checked things out on stage as he played cds and checked the keyboard.
This is the first year the event has been held on Friday and organizers were pleased overall with the response.
New this year was a chicken and rice dinner on Friday night, which cost only a donation. About 75 people attended the dinner between vendors and those that were attending the festival who were still there, said Smith.
“It was delicious. We sat around and talked and enjoyed that,” said Smith.
Overall, Smith it was one of the “most enjoyable ones we ever had.” She said that vendors stayed through the rain and folks braved the wet and soggy conditions to come out and see the displays and enjoy the live entertainment.
“It was about enjoying one another and not letting the circumstances control how we feel about things,” said Smith.
She added organizers are still in the process of reviewing how this year’s event went and are already planning for next year’s Planter’s Day event. Smith said she hopes they will continue to keep the event on Friday and Saturday, as she felt that once people get accustomed to the new schedule they will come and support the event.
“Overall, it was an enjoyable festival,” said Smith.