It didn’t take long for the rain in the forecast to make its appearance Oct.5 as runners in the Pumpkinfest’s annual 5K were drenched over the second half of their race.

Organizers for the 31st Annual Anamosa Pumpkinfest and Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-Off held out hope that Mother Nature would throw them a bone, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

The downpour would let up in spurts, but not for very long ones and lightning and thunderclaps intermittently made their appearances as well.

Many of the events soldiered on, despite the inclement weather, with the pumpkin recipe, chili recipe contests, construction fun zone and pumpkin toss still going on. However, the weather led to an unfortunate first that was announced to the crowded gym in the midst of the weigh-off awards ceremony: the parade would have to be canceled.

“It’s never happened before,” Greg Norlin said after the announcement was made. “We can deal with everything but Mother Nature.”

With the announcement and no parade to keep people, many vendors packed their bags early as the water poured down Main Street.

Despite the wet weather, things dried up enough for the Al Eden Memorial Tractor Pull to be held on Sunday, thanks to the tireless work to get the track ready to go.

Organizers will hope that the weather will be more favorable for them at next year’s event and the parade streak can start all over again.

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