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Visitors, Volunteers, and Vendors Say Shannon Street Show Must Go On

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Despite the rain and storms that passed through downtown Friday afternoon and the possibility of storms forecast for the weekend, organizers of the Shannon Street Music Festival said the show must go on.

Vendors, musicians, and volunteers said they will have the music festival no matter what the weather brings this weekend.

"Despite the weather people still want to get out and do stuff, and I think its really great; anything that brings people to downtown Jackson is great," Rachel Smith said.

The gates were supposed to open at 5 p.m. Friday, but organizers decided to push the festival's start time back because of the line of storms crossing right over downtown. By 8 p.m., the rain finally let up.

"My son's been looking out the window in our apartment downtown, waiting to come so yes, despite the rain we wanted to come see what it was all about," Smith said.

Rachel Smith said she is glad to see the Shannon Street Music Festival carry on, to help highlight the development of the downtown area.

"I think it's cool to get people down here and realize what a great area it is and how built up it's getting. Just bring the community down here, I think it's really cool," Smith said.

Vendors said they will be downtown all weekend, rain or shine, serving barbecue, shrimp, po'boys, kettle corn and much more.

"We'll be open if it's raining or if it's perfect weather. We'll have all the food cooking and we'll be feeding people," Jonathan Coffman, who runs Eatbox food truck, said.

Vendors, visitors and volunteers say no matter what the weather brings this weekend, it's worth the trouble.

"Seeing all my friends, seeing people you just don't run into everyday and just being a part of downtown Jackson and the camaraderie, great volunteers in the booths, it's just a great place to be." Gary Williams, a visitor said.

"Trouble don't last always. So it'll rain. But it'll have to stop," Big Ray, from Big Ray's BBQ, said.

Organizers said they ended up letting people in after the rain Friday evening to listen to the music for free.