Headed over to Collinsville to work the afternoon shift in the Collinsville Progress beer stand and it was absolutely pouring down rain. This is very unusual for the Italian Fest which has seen very little rain in 30 years. The worst was 1987 when it actually had to be shut down because of heavy rain.
When I pulled into a parking lot which was being manned by high school sports guys as a fund raiser (5 dollars) I saw the kids huddled under umbrellas but soaking wet just the same. They were quite cheerful about it all though.
But as evening came on, the rain left albeit with a bit of chill, and the crowds showed up. Lots of people Friday evening and Saturday should be much better with a forecast of sun, blue skies and nice temps.