How should the American Folk Festival prepare for rain?

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, at 3:41 p.m.

An all-day rain on Saturday dampened attendance at the American Folk Festival in Bangor. Fortunately, the near rain-out is the first such bad weather day the festival has had in its eight-year run.

What ideas might be considered as alternatives for rainy days? Should venues like the Bangor Auditorium and area high school gyms be set up for performers? Should more tents be ready? What about rescheduling some performances around the rain (for example, some of the festival might have started Friday afternoon,

and some acts might have been able to stay and perform Monday night)?

Or should the festival continue to hope for the best, and rely on the generally good weather that we enjoy in late August? Or let the audience revel in the mud, like the audience at the first Woodstock?

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