The 17th annual Lil’ Calypso Art Fest has been postponed to June 15 due to inclement weather.
Event organizer Jane Garrett Harris said artists were calling to warn her about the weather predicted for the fest, originally planned Saturday, as early as Monday.
“There’s a lot of rearranging to do and you’ve got to go with what the predictions are and give your artists time to rearrange and your attendees to get the word out,” Harris said. “It’s hard to call it the night before and do an effective job.”
Almost all the same vendors will be at the postponed date and the festival is still at full capacity.
“There is not a spot in there that I don’t have a tent up,” Harris said.
Harris said 4,000 to 5,000 people attend the event every year and she thinks attendance will not be affected by the fest being pushed back a week.
In past years, a variety of vendors will appeal to all kinds of people including metal and repurposed arts.
“I think this has become a landmark icon event,” Harris said.
The event is also a fundraiser for the Union Volunteer Fire Department. Harris said admission to the event is a donation of choice to the fire department.
“(The fire department will) have a hot dog tent and they have a shuttle service,” Harris said. “They help the artists load. Right down at the end of the day it is a community endeavor.”
The event will serve Chuckwalla’s pizza and a bar will be open, Harris said. Musician Sean Heninger will perform from noon to 3 p.m.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chuck’s Marina on 237 Marina Rd.