The big story: Rain
The 2018 Concordia Fall Festival has come and gone, and there is one topic everyone is talking about: the rain. In fact, a total of 1.47 inches of rain fell during the festival, with close to 1.5 inches falling between Thursday morning and Sunday morning.
From the size of the crowds, the rain didnít seem to keep people from gathering in the Heidelberg Gardens for fun, entertainment, food and refreshments. The Kids Parade, twirling performance by Jillianís Angels Twirling Corps, and the American Legion/VFW and Quilts of Valor celebrations fell during relatively dry periods, meaning large crowds lined the streets for these events. Crowds along the midway appeared to be down this year. Some rides were not operating at full capacity, and several of the games usually found along the strip were absent.
Several events were moved indoors to the Concordia High School gymnasium, while others were canceled because of the weather. The Kids Country Contests were held as usual on Friday, though the rain may have kept many children and families away from the Main Street venue. The Childrenís Pedal Tractor Pull fell victim to the rains, which fell heavily on Saturday morning before becoming lighter around 4 p.m. Also on Saturday, entries for the Motorcycle Competition and Antique/Classic Car Show were few, if any, and the competition was canceled for the year.