West Fargo's inaugural Street Fair faced a few last minute changes because of mother nature on Saturday, June 8.
WDAY spoke with organizers and vendors who said the move from the streets to the fairgrounds turned out better than expected.
Wind and rain threatened to make a mess out of the city's first street fair, but planning from day one saved months of work from getting rained out.
"We were working on contingency planning the whole time. We wanted to make sure we had something that was an option for us," said Ellen Rossow, Community Services Coordinator for the city of West Fargo.
Instead of a block along Sheyenne Street as the landscape for 70 vendors, food and adance, it was at the Ag Education Building at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.
"I was worried that no one would want to come anymore because it's fun to go to a street fair and that's part of the atmosphere, but I'm surprised a lot of people are here, and I'm not worrying about the wind," said vendor and artist Ellen Diederich.
Vendors said the change in scenery was an easy one, and well worth it too. The shelter of a tin roof proved to be a lifesaver for some like Diederich where bad weather could mean hundreds and thousands of dollars lost in ruined paintings.
"I have one original here, that's about $2,000," said Diederich.
Rossow said canceling the event wasn't an option. The priority for the street fair was vendors.
The main purpose of the street fairs was really showcasing the arts and crafts, and all of the unique talents of our local vendors. Being able to do that was really what the most important thing was," said Rossow.