Rainy forecast may dampen business at Fair St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Vendors at Fair St. Louis worried a soggy forecast would dampen profits after seeing thin crowds on day one of the July Fourth weekend.

Camellia Dennis listed all the reasons why her stands had the best food at the fair.

“We have corndogs, lemonade, we have funnel cakes here.”

She admitted that this year, the food would not be enough to make everyone brave the traffic to get to Forest Park for the July Fourth weekend.

“The rain is really going to hurt us.”

Fair St. Louis kicked off under a rainy cloud this year. Vendors are worried their profits would get watered down.

”We’ve worked the fair a couple of times off-and-on the last couple of years,” Dennis remembered. “But, it’s never rained the whole time. So, the forecast is a little scary.”

One would think the Morningstar Farms Way-To-Veg Trailer would have fared better with a seemingly endless supply of free samples. But, the lines were also short there.

“It’s a little disheartening when it’s Fourth of July weekend and we’re hoping to get a little crazier of a crowd,” said tour manager Meghan Evans. “But, there’s another two days and we’re hoping the rain will hold out a little more in the coming days.”

The Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association offered great access to beer for those seeing live music at the fair’s main stage. But, their annual fundraiser struggled under the constant drizzle.

“I want to see some more people come out here,” said social media manager Jennifer Kubiszewski “I’m sure the fair wants to see more people out here. It would make us feel better if we had people in lines waiting to come buy beer.”

So, volunteers slipped on some humor while watching customers wear rain gear.

”It’s so fun. People have the homemade garbage bags. They got all the umbrellas, the hats. They look like drowned rats.  But, they’re still here. You make it out this far, you gotta stay.”

Tower Grove organizers have been at the fair for over 35 years. They said some years, they only made $500. One year, they made $16,000. With two more days at the fair, they said this was not the time to panic. Instead, it was a time to party.