Columbia residents say their Labor Day plans won't be upset by the rain

Students, visitors, and those traveling out of town talk about how the weather is affecting their weekend.
Friday, August 31, 2012 | 8:17 p.m. CDT; updated 7:46 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 1, 2012

Angela Bozsa and Emily Muren spent Friday afternoon hunting for rain gear at  the MU Bookstore.

The bookstore had stocked up on gold ponchos and tiger-striped umbrellas to meet the expected weather conditions for a football weekend.

"Since we're just tailgating and not going to the game, we can actually use the umbrellas," Bozsa said. 

MU does not permit umbrellas in Memorial Stadium during football games.

Around town, residents like them were weighing the much-needed rain against their Labor Day plans.

After a summer of drought, 1.12 inches of rain fell in Columbia Friday. The National Weather Service forecast a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.

The rain was not going to stop Rick Wesley of Columbia from heading to Lake of the Ozarks this weekend.

Donna Walter had stopped at the Phillips 66 station on Stadium Boulevard Friday to gas up her car on her way to Hermann for the weekend. She said the rain did not affect her weekend plans, but she anticipated driving more slowly on the slippery roads. 

Another Labor Day traveler, Robert Pryor, said he planned to attend the "On the Waterfront Festival," in Rockford, Ill.

Even though he thought the festival might be cancelled,  he said he still wanted to see family which he hadn't seen since Christmas.

The heavy rain and wind encouraged a number of Columbia merchants to put weather-appropriate gear on prominent display Friday.

Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart both featured seasonal displays of rain boots, umbrellas, ponchos, tents and tarp covers. 

Other stores, including Gerbes and Ace Hardware, pushed tiger-themed tailgate items such as portable grills, coolers, charcoal, chips and soda.

Missouri meets Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott. 

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