Escondido, CA

Rain thins crowds for street fair, but doesn’t dampen fun

A pair of German Wire-Haired Pointers, dressed as sharks, participated in the Dogs on the Lawn costume contest taking home 2nd place. Photos By: David Zumaya, My San Diego North County

This past Sunday the Escondido Chamber of Commerce put on the semi-annual Grand Avenue Festival. Although the weather was much more akin to being Seattle Chamber of Commerce weather, the rain and blustery conditions did not dampen the spirits of vendors, performers, and attendees alike…smiles and comments of “it is what it is” were as common as umbrellas. 

Both community stages at Orange and Maple were packed throughout the day with a variety of acts and activities, and Heritage Garden was teeming with artists and their collective works. The unusual weather for May made for some puddle dodging along historic Grand Avenue, but it seemed many of the brick and mortar stores enjoyed having lots of people coming in from the rain.

By early to mid-afternoon, the skies started to clear, umbrellas were rolled up and stowed, and vendors started seeing more activity – and wallets opening. 

We always say it doesn’t rain in California, or it’s just another day in paradise, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. And we Californians are good at that, however we’re already looking forward to the next Grand Avenue Festival in October. We’re not going to say it won’t be raining, it might be a blistering, sunny day, but it’s not going to rain. See you then!

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