NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Throughout the day, Andrea was having a love-hate relationship with Harborfest. It was sunny one minute, then clouds and rain would drop by. The wind, though, seemed there to stay.
The decision was made to cancel some of Friday's activities, like the Parade of Sail and water events, but coordinators say this show will go on.
"All of the scheduled performances and entertainment are either here at Waterside or over at Scope," said Karen Scherberger, FestEvents. "So shows like O.A.R. are over at Scope tonight and a lot of the family entertainment, and our jazz groups and smaller acoustic groups are playing over here."
Back outside at Town Point Park, tents flapped in the breeze, as a few hearty folks took a look around. Tables and chairs sat empty though, as some vendors will have to wait until Saturday.
Pirates found safe harbor in Waterside, though they would prefer to be outdoors.
"When we have a normal weather and crowds we would be five deep with people, but inside it's sporadic, but at least we are out of the rain," said Malyson Haight.
For the past seven years, Haight and her band of buccaneers have informed and, of course, entertained Harborfest crowds.
"A couple of years ago it was so terribly hot we practically melted, so the good thing is we are inside now, we won't melt," said Haight.
Joanne Cotten and her crew spent Friday morning setting up shop, and she hoped the rain wouldn't keep people inside.
"On the other hand, sometimes rain brings them out 'cause they all go to the malls and this would be a great place for them to come," said Cotten.
Friday was the only day Bonnie Hengesbach and her family could come, but she understands it's for the best.
"I've been on the event planning side of things before, I know that when you're trying to take care of people and your vendors and everything, and that you have to think of everything, and I'd rather be safe than sorry," said Hengesbach.
Organizers still stress that Friday was not a total washout, despite the wind and rain
"Everyone can still enjoy the entertainment, all of the performances, not a one of them has been canceled," said Scherberger. "There's absolutely no reason no to come downtown today and still enjoy Harborfest."
Free transportation will be provided from Waterside to Scope for Friday night's shows, but if you're looking for that turkey leg or funnel cake, you'll have to wait until Saturday.
"We're disappointed. We enjoy coming down for the public, a lot of it for the kids. We have deck tours. We will have deck tours Saturday and Sunday," said sailor Gary Deshong.
Deshong sailed into Norfolk on the Kalmar Nyckle, and with the Parade of Sail canceled, he has a unique way of passing time: Walking a cat.
"This is a new edition to the crew," Deshong explained.
Officials have 37 years of knowledge to fall back on, and so for one day, they did what they had to do, and pirates approve.
"I think it's worked out pretty well. We've been having fun," said Haight.
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