2nd annual BBQ and Blues Fest wraps up in the Pass despite rain

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - What started out as a stormy Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day on the Coast. That was good news for the 2nd annual Pass Christian Barbecue and Blues Festival. The weather was threatening to shut it down, but the clouds cleared just in time.

The Pass Christian Barbecue and Blues Festival wrapped up its final day with sunshine. The barbecue fanatics couldn't have been happier.

"I probably would have had to eat somewhere I didn't enjoy, or just go home and sit on the couch," said Dwayne Spell, after placing his order at one of the many barbecue food trucks.

It wasn't just the visitors who were glad to see the skies clear. The vendors were also relieved that the weather didn't keep them from catering to their customers. This was John Schultz's first time selling knives in an outdoor venue.

"I knew it was going to rain, but I didn't know it was going to be as bad as it was. So it's kind of leading me to believe that maybe I should focus on more indoor events that I have more control over," said Schultz.

Seeing the sun helped his spirits and had him hoping for another sale.

"It was bad, but I'm pretty optimistic about other people coming out," said Schultz.

Though people did come, crowd numbers were nowhere near last year's turnout. Those that did show had their pick of award winning barbecues, local shopping and carnival rides. Even the rides were seeing the effects of the conditions.

"We hear that there's bad weather again, and I'm just concerned about my boys because we do tear down tonight," said Colleen Mitchell.

Mitchell managed the carnival side of the fest. Because of the rain, one of the rides had to come down early, being involved with carnivals throughout the South, and especially the Coast, she's used to adjusting.

"We always seem to get rained on every time we come here," said Mitchell.

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