Art in the Park could be delayed if storms persist

Friday, May 31, 2013 | 12:35 p.m. CDT; updated 2:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA — Art in the Park may be briefly delayed Saturday morning if storms persist, said Chelsea Swentik, Columbia Art League education director. The weekend event is currently scheduled to open at 10 a.m. at Stephens Lake Park.

Swentika said organizers are staying in touch with the National Weather Service and may postpone the start Saturday if there is heavy rain or lightning. There is no effort to move the event to a different weekend, she said. 

Organizers, including Diana Moxon, were setting up Friday morning at Stephens Lake Park, Swentik said. Because of the soggy ground and high winds, they had difficulty making the tents stand up, she said.

Swentika said they will have to finish the set-up before the event begins Saturday. 

Some artists traveling long distances to the event from states such as Texas canceled, she said, but most remained committed.

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.

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