Rain doesn't stop crowd for Spoon Valley Drive

By Beau Ebenezer

October 13, 2012 Updated Oct 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM CDT

FARMINGTON, Ill. -- Despite the rains, the weather did not stop the annual Spoon River Valley Drive, but was the turnout still as good as vendors had hoped for?

The final weekend of the famous Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive was a wet one as people were splashing through the puddles and trying to stay dry.

"We know they hold it rain or shine so we prepared this year. She bought some rain jackets. Ya know make a day of it," said Galesburg resident Jeff Creek.

Dozens stopping in Farmington battled through the puddles.
Keeping their annual tradition alive.

"It's a tradition with my grand daughters and my oldest daughter. We've been coming out for the last five or six years. We had to do it. I told them yesterday, rain or shine we'd be out here, and we are," said Spoon Drive traveler Sharon Stephens.

The drive went from London Mills all the way to Astoria with good food and scenery on the way.

"Five dollars for the pulled pork sandwiches. They are really good, we cook that up. We have hot chocolate coffee. We have hot dogs, chili dogs, cheese dogs," said Scapecchi's Pulled Pork employee Erica Long.

The scenic drive normally attracts about 100,000 visitors from the Heart of Illinois and beyond, but on Saturday the numbers somewhat down.

"I'm a little disappointed but in another hour, the rain is gonna die down and it's gonna get better," said Margie's Country Cafe owner Margie Hanlin.

Vendors say the numbers may be down this year due to the weather, but they are still surprised and happy with the turnout.

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