Chelsea Donovan, 17, said she was disappointed by the rain. OH-Fest is an event that usually brings sunny weather to mind, she said, but she didn’t let it ruin her fun. Donovan, of Oneonta, and her two friends, who were visiting from Binghamton, said their favorite part of the carnival was the food.
“The rain stinks,” Donovon said. “It ruins my hair ... But the fried dough was so good.”
After the sky opened up and the rain began to fall harder, carnival-goers and vendors took cover under tents or in Main Street restaurants and shops. Inflatable rides were taken down and vendors began to pack up their things about an hour before the carnival’s projected end time, 5 p.m., because of the downpour. The majority of the carnival was put away by 4 p.m.
But the rain tapered off just in time for the free concert in Neahwa Park at 7 p.m. Baked Potatoes, a reggae-influenced student group that won the March 5 Battle of the Bands at SUNY Oneonta, opened the show, with Aire Atlantica, a DJ, performing in between. Who’s Bad, an energetic Michael Jackson tribute band, performed to the small crowd near the park’s baseball fields.
Scott Jubar and his family, of Oneonta, enjoyed dancing together to the tunes of Who’s Bad. Jubar’s son, 4-year-old Noah, had the best seat in the house atop his father’s shoulders, where he bounced and waved happily along with the music. About four songs into the set, Noah fell asleep to a “Billie Jean” lullaby.
“We like Michael Jackson,” Jubar said. “That’s why we’re here.”
Cosmic Karma Fire dancers drew a large crowd as spectators waited for Sammy Adams to take the stage. They danced to beats provided by Aire Atlantica and got the crowd involved during their fiery spectacle.