Falling temperatures, a soaking rain early Saturday and a damp forecast conspired to scuttle this year’s Flossmoor Fest.
Village officials said the safety of the community was the main concern when organizers made the decision.
Organizers began notifying festival participants about mid-morning, and at 11:20 a.m. they sent an email notice announcing the decision to cancel the event to everyone signed up to receive village news.
“With the rain received so far all park activities had to be cancelled and given the lake-effect rain that is still to come, the Flossmoor Fest Committee did not feel that conditions would be safe or favorable for Fest activities,” officials said in the email message. “Please take this day to patronize our local restaurants and businesses and see you next year.”
“It was a very heartwrenching decision for all of us,” said Kimberly Richardson, assistant village manager. “We just want to make sure people are safe.”
The soggy conditions in Flossmoor Park meant activities could not be held there, and Richardson said there was some concern about the safety of electrical lines.
Richardson said it was the second time in 14 years that the festival was canceled due to weather.