Rain or Shine St. Patrick's Day Festival is a Go

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Volunteers started working Thursday night around 5 p.m. clearing the parking lot at 8th and Indiana for the St. Patrick's Day Festival. Rain or shine they have constructed a heavy duty tent so the concerts will go on.

Marketing director for Downtown Wichita Falls Development, Jeanette Charos says the profits raised will go toward downtown development.

"We always keep a big rain tent on reserve for occasions like this," Charos said.

"I walked right by that it's a pretty good size," Wichita Falls resident, Daniel Bowen said.

Rain, strong wind and some lightning are all in the weather forecast just in time for the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.

"We had to make the call yesterday and we are bringing out the big tent," Charos said.

Strong wind gust won't be a problem with the tent anchored into the concrete.

"Weather is something we always have to keep an eye on having an outdoor event," Charos said.

Local businesses will also have their doors open.

"Don't worry about the weather just come on down and everything will be fine," Iron Horse Pub owner, John Dickinson said.

The tent is set up for the music.

"No limits, it's like a dance cover band and so they'll get everybody up and having a good time. Bigloo is another hometown favorite and so they're returning again for us this year," Charos said, "of course Bowling For Soup everyone's pretty excited they're coming home."

The Iron Horse Pub will have music too.

"With that many people coming and going, it's hard to even imagine not having music inside," Dickinson said.

Downtown Wichita Falls Development is expecting 6000-7000 people.

"Even if it rains, I'll probably still come out just because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be the only one," Bowen said

Profits from the event will benefit improving the downtown area.

"I'm excited about that because we've got a lot of really good looking historical buildings here and I'd rather like to see them stay good looking," Bowen said.

"It's a great way for everybody to see what's transpiring in the downtown area," Dickinson said.