Rain postpones some Knox County events

Rain postpones some Knox County events

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The 34th annual Greekfest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church was in full swing this afternoon once the gray clouds disappeared. The 34th annual Greekfest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church was in full swing this afternoon once the gray clouds disappeared.
"We decided it was better for the safety of the people," said Hola Festival organizer Sandra Jacome, "Especially the people preparing food. They use a lot of electricity." "We decided it was better for the safety of the people," said Hola Festival organizer Sandra Jacome, "Especially the people preparing food. They use a lot of electricity."
"We are an outdoor event, so we are kind of at the mercy of the weather," said Oakes Farm owner Ken Oakes. "We saw there was pretty much a guaranteed rain today, so we went ahead and made the decision to close." "We are an outdoor event, so we are kind of at the mercy of the weather," said Oakes Farm owner Ken Oakes. "We saw there was pretty much a guaranteed rain today, so we went ahead and made the decision to close."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Saturday's heavy rainfall caused serious problems for area events.

Many had to delay events and even reschedule them.

The 34th annual Greekfest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church was in full swing this afternoon once the gray clouds disappeared.     

"It was a little bit slow this morning, but we did have some people here right at 11 o'clock," said Greekfest organizer Zena Jones.

Despite Greekfest's success, other events were not so lucky.

Hola Festival was set to kick off in downtown Knoxville, but after a wet start they decided to push it back until Sunday.

"We decided it was better for the safety of the people," said Hola Festival organizer Sandra Jacome, "Especially the people preparing food. They use a lot of electricity."     

They have decided to move the location to Market Square Sunday because they feel the crowd will be smaller.      

Another place effected by the rain was Oakes Farm corn maze in Corryton.

Saturday was supposed to be their opening day.

"We are an outdoor event, so we are kind of at the mercy of the weather," said Oakes Farm owner Ken Oakes. "We saw there was pretty much a guaranteed rain today, so we went ahead and made the decision to close."    

They do plan to open the corn maze Sunday.

"It may be a little bit muddy, so wear appropriate shoes," said Oakes.

Organizers of the Hola Festival say this was the first time in 14 years they have had to reschedule due to rain.

Greekfest will continue Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Hola Festival will be held Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Market Square. The popular Parade of Nations will be held at 3 p.m.

The Oakes Farm Corn Maze will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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