More delays and losses at area festivals

By Audrey Williams

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

GROVELAND, Ill -- As the rain continues to soak Central Illinois, organizers for festivals this weekend continue to soak up the losses.

Groveland is putting on it's first ever Pioneer Days Festival this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Organizers said despite all their hard work and planning, the event has mostly been a flop thanks to mother nature. They have moved a few things into the township building and had to delay some events that were scheduled for Friday evening.

Still, all the rain could add up to a loss in profit for all parties involved.

Pioneer Days Chairman Les Knollenberg said, "All the revenue is going for charity. We're going to the Groveland food bank, and it's going to the Barb Hart Scholarship fund here at the Township and to the church that's next door here. So, it's not going to be good for us but we shouldn't lose any money and that's the most important thing that we don't lose money.

Darlene Lawrence was one of only two vendors at the grounds Friday afternoon. She said, "We're kind of die-hards when it comes to staying set up and hopefully somebody will come and want to buy things and enjoy the carnival and everything else."

Organizers and vendors remain very optimistic for good weather and a good turn out Saturday.

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