CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)– A big casualty of Friday evening’s severe weather was the St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton. Organizers cancelled all events for Friday night citing safety concerns.
Artists scrambled to secure their tents and protect their inventory ahead of the wind and rain. Art Fair officials say that some artwork and a few displays were damages as a result of the storms.
Before the rain moved in, some fair goers seemed shocked that the festival was put on hold. But within minutes, the winds picked up, dark clouds began to swirl, and debris blew through the air as the rains came. Pea sized hail littered to streets.
Folks who had not yet left the area, got soaked running for cover.
Police patrolled the streets making sure the fairgrounds in downtown Clayton had been evacuated.
The cancellation is tough on artists who depend on shows like this to make a living. The show does resume Saturday and Sunday.
Police have an EOP, or Emergency Operation Plan, in place for every fair. They are calling Friday’s cancellation a success because they were able to get people out of the area quickly. If anyone needed, they could take cover in nearby buildings or parking garages but it seems many of the artists went back to their hotel or local restaurants.
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