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April 28, 2014

Rain doesn't dampen fun at OH-Fest

Despite sporadic downpours on Saturday, organizers said OH-Fest 9 was a “super smooth” event.

The day started out with sunshine as the annual Main Street carnival kicked off at 1 p.m. The carnival featured live music, food and business vendors, carnival games and three inflatable rides for children. More than 60 Hartwick and State University College at Oneonta students volunteered to help at the carnival and concert, according to Kai Malik, president of SUNY Oneonta’s Student Association Activities Council.

“It’s going so amazingly,” Malik said at the carnival on Saturday. “Even though it drizzled a little while ago, we were ready and everything’s been super smooth.”

Malik, a junior at SUNY Oneonta, said she thought this year’s carnival attendance was better than ever and complimented the volunteers for all their hard work and planning.

“Even if it rains later, the concert will still happen,” Malik said. “We’re prepared.”

Tracy and Art Thompson traveled from Binghamton for the third year in a row to sell their handmade jewelry at the carnival, they said. Last year, they did very well and sold many pairs of earrings, the couple said, because the weather was so nice and many people were out and about.

“Business has been pretty good, for the weather,” Tracy Thompson said, of this year’s carnival. “We will certainly come back next year.”

Also seeking to make a profit at the carnival was Hartwick College’s women’s swimming team. Morgan Riggins and Bree Jefferds, both freshmen at the school, stood under a tent as rain started to pour around 3:30 p.m., trying to sell hairbands, crosses and canvases that were hand-painted by the team.

“We’ve done pretty well,” Riggins said, of their profit. “The money will help offset the cost of our personal gear, like tech suits for competitions.”

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