This weekend marked the 27th annual Art in the Park festival on the Marietta Square, the annual Marietta ChalkFest at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and the annual Nibble and Noshfest at Temple Kol Emeth in east Cobb.
Starting Sunday afternoon and into Monday, portions of Cobb received anywhere from one-quarter of an inch of rain to a little over an inch and a half of rain, said Lead Meteorologist Mark Ressler with The Weather Channel.
“The heaviest rain was just south and southwest of the county,” Ressler said. “They got possibly as much as five inches. It was a decent rain all around.”
The weather cleared up Monday afternoon, but Ressler said it could still rain a little Tuesday before coming to a halt again for the next 10 days.
This weekend’s rainfall brings the year’s total in Cobb to about 52 inches. The annual average is a little less than 50 inches, he said.
Rainfall didn’t deter people from attending festivals
Kaitlyn Morris, assistant event coordinator for Art in the Park, said showers didn’t deter the expected 40,000 people from coming to the event this weekend.
“Minus the rain here and there throughout Sunday and (Monday) morning, crowds are really good,” she said Monday afternoon. “I think everybody is pretty pleased.”
When the rain did begin at about 2 p.m. Sunday, Morris said festival goers hung out in artists’ tents or under store awnings and as soon as it was over, they continued shopping.
The event, which was in historic downtown Marietta from Saturday through Monday, featured 175 professional artists from all acoss the United States and their work.
“We lost a couple of artists (Monday) for fear of rain but everybody else stayed,” Morris said.
“And we’ve been seeing some big (art) pieces go out, which is normal on the last day of the festival. The artists are happy.”
Rain didn’t keep record crowds from visiting the Marietta/Cobb Museum’s ChalkFest either.
“The museum was bombarded with people,” said Sally Macaulay, the museum’s executive director. “We had 2,300 people just on Saturday. That’s our biggest turnout to see any exhibition ever.”
The second annual event featured 20 professional chalk artists from Georgia, Florida, California and Maryland who drew 3D pieces on all along Atlanta Street in front of the museum and a novice competition Saturday.
They had 120 students, children and amateur sketchers alone participate in the amateur competition.
“We had to turn 40 people away for the contest,” Macaulay said. “The art was incredible though and they were three people deep in the crowds of people trying to see it. It was really successful.”
Unfortunately, the rain washed each piece away when it rolled in Sunday afternoon, but Macaulay said almost all of the artists finished their pieces beforehand.
“They were all so great,” she added. “We had a ‘People’s Choice’ award and there were so many people who said they had a hard time picking out which piece they liked best.”
Many of the artists sketched pieces commemorating the 150 anniversary of the Civil War.
A third Labor Day weekend festival that had a nice turnout was Temple Kol Emeth’s Nibble and Noshfest, which showcases Jewish food, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and musical performances.
Festival spokesman Jon Worly said they had about 2,000 people show up Sunday and Monday.
“People seemed to have had a really good time,” Worly said. “I applaud people for coming out and supporting a local event regardless of weather.”
Attendees were also asked to bring food donations for MUST Ministries in Marietta.
Worly said they collected five barrels of food for the local charity.
“Once the rain stopped (Monday afternoon), it got so busy,” he said. “It was unbelievable.”