Rainy forecast not affecting three Tri-Cities festivals

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) – While some weekend events have been cancelled due to wet weather, the rain isn’t putting a damper on three festivals in the Tri-Cities this weekend.

“Its busy, people going through and looking, it’s a great place to be,” said Dale Foster who’s selling apples at the Unicoi County Apple Festival.

“Even though its pouring down rain every now and then, streets still full of people. They’re buying apples, jelly, jam, we’re having a great time,” Foster told News Channel 11.

A few miles away in Jonesborough, the International Storytelling Festival is also not letting rain get in the way.

“Despite weather, people love storytelling so it was an absolutely packed out tent on Wednesday, on Thursday it was a full house, you can see all the tents right now, they’ve all filled up,” said Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center.

Sirah said the festival is one people return to year after year, rain or shine.

“Representing all the diverse traditions as well, its not just Appalachian based. Its very much rooted here, but everything from the African-American traditions, the Asian-American traditions, they represent diverse cultures from all across America,” Singh told News Channel 11.

And in Kingsport Saturday, folks can sample beer brewed right here in the Tri-Cities at the fifth annual Kingsport Oktoberfest.

“When we started this festival, I think there was one local brewery represented, and now we have 11 in the area,” said Stephanie Carson, an organizer for Kingsport Oktoberfest.

Carson said they set up 44,000 square feet of tents to help keep people dry for the event.

“Bring your rain boots, bring your jackets, but as one of the brewers said, the beer tastes just as good rain or shine,” she said.

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