OGDENSBURG In spite of a rainy Thursday, the citys Seaway Festival saw a steady stream of carnival goers filtering in and out of the Greenbelt, braving overcast skies and wet rides.
We deal with the weather as its given to us, said Ontario Amusements owner Harold Morley.
Angel M. Maroney said she promised her children they could come to the fair on Thursday rain or shine.
Every other year, its been so hot and sunny, she said as daughter Khloee R. Fraser, 4, climbed on the drenched merry-go-round.
Ken Cohen, who was operating the merry-go-round, said Seaway Festival officials keep the rides going as long as (the rain) isnt too heavy.
Mr. Morley said there were a lot fewer people on the rides Thursday than there were on Wednesday, when the weather was nicer.
The carnival will be operating until 5 p.m. Saturday.
The weekend, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service, looks a bit better than Thursday. A slight chance of thunderstorms today and Saturday may temporarily distract from the events, but Mr. Morley said the rides will go on for as long as possible.
The rides only shut down when your drive surfaces get saturated, something that happens only in severe downpours, he said.
Heres whats on tap for the Seaway Festival today and the rest of the weekend:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frederic Remington Art Museum Day, sponsored by the museum, which is at 303 Washington St.
Noon to 11 p.m. Ontario Amusement rides at Greenbelt, sponsored by Seaway Festival.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Karaoke finals at gazebo, Library Park, sponsored by Q102.9, 96.7, PAC 98.7 and River Rat Designs.
8 to 9:45 p.m. Wild Nik West show at main stage in Library Park, sponsored by A.J. Misserts Distributors.
10 p.m. to finish Fireworks spectacular at Greenbelt, sponsored by city of Ogdensburg.
11 a.m. to finish 52nd annual Seaway Festival Parade, Ford Street, corporate sponsors.
End of parade Parade awards at Library Park, corporate sponsors.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique & Classic Car Show and Flea Market at Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority bridge grounds, sponsored by Seaway Cruisers Car Club.
1 p.m. to finish Michael Cutwa Fun Fly and Model Airplane Show at Strader Field, sponsored by Maple City Prop Busters.
The annual Duck Race originally scheduled for Sunday has been postponed until Aug. 26. For tickets, call 393-3518 or 393-4770.