NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A day before Harborfest and there is still much to do. Town Point Park is quickly transforming and getting ready for the 200,000 people who are expected to attend the event over the weekend.
"It's never as good if it's bad weather," said one Norfolk woman.
But for organizers, the weather becomes focal point.
"Everyone knows, if you live here, that the weather can change in a heartbeat," added Karen Scherberger from Norfolk Festevents.
This year looks like it's no different. The first tropical storm of the season has formed in the Gulf and could be headed this way.
"We will watch the weather tomorrow and make a decision whether things will go up tomorrow, whether they go up Friday or whether they just don't go up until the weather clears," Scherberger added. "We don't want anything to become a projectile."
This is the 37th Harborfest, and organizers said they have plenty of storm knowledge to fall back on. There are emergency plans in place if needed.
"If there is a lot of rain and it's a wet ground, we have ways to soak up the rain real quickly," Scherberger said.
12 months of planning has all come down to a matter of 24 hours.
"It would be a disappointment if anything had to be canceled, which is really why we try hard to keep the show going," Scherberger added.
Organizers said if rain becomes a problem, some of the outdoor events will be moved to the bottom level of the Waterside.
For questions about events over the weekend, you can call Festevents at 757-441-2345 or go to the group's website at www.festevents.org.
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