The rainy weather did not stop the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest from beginning, on Friday.
The annual event, now in its 39th year, features local and national musical acts, as well 23 rib teams.
“I love ribs and this is the best time of the year to get ribs,” said Jeremiah Campana, of Columbus.
Campana was one of many to brave the rain for the festival’s first day.
Festival organizers have said the event will proceed as planned, rain or shine.
If severe weather moves into the area, however, precautions are in place.
“We work with our public safety partners to make sure that we’re monitoring the weather,” said Nancy Colvin, from the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “If at any point it looks like there is a danger to the festival goers, we would make the decision to shut down the festival. We’d make announcements from the stages to direct folks to head out toward the parking garages that surround the festival area, as well as over to COSI, which would be a safe space for them.”
Colvin, as well as the rib teams, are hopeful the festival will continue without more rain. Nonetheless, they know the crowd will still attend.
“I will tell you something,” said Eric Smith, the owner of BBQ Masters. “The loyals will come out.”
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