Local weekend events impacted by Nate

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Nate impacted a few events on Sunday, but the weather didn’t stop some folks from enjoying their weekend.

Continuous rain came rolling in splashing on the sidewalk outside the Chattanooga Market.

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Despite having to cancel a health fair, the market itself remained open inside the pavilion.

Steve Brehm is the operations manager for the Chattanooga Market.

He said, “We’ve gotten through almost the entire day and we’re really hardly had any bad wind gusts or anything. So we were trying to keep out eye on everything and if it looked like it was going to get to where, you know, they thought it was we would’ve shut down early.”

Brehm says Sunday is probably the Market’s slowest day of the year.

With the threat of tropical depression Nate, the market saw less than half of the amount of vendors on typical day. About 70 still opened shop.

And though foot traffic was slow, customers still showed up not too concerned about the weather.

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“This is like sprinkles. This is nothing. And the great thing about it is coming to the market and you can actually walk around without bumping into everybody, except your friends,” said market customer Barry Snyder.

The weather did halt a few events.

The Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House posted on Facebook that they had to cancel day two of their annual Children’s Festival and won’t be rescheduling the event.

On Saturday, the festival drew out a crowd of kids and families.

“This is a festival benefiting families at the Ronald McDonald House. Our goal is $70,000 to raise and all the money goes right back the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House,” said Victoria Winchester, communications manager for the Ronald McDonald House.

While some events were cancelled completely, the Tennessee Valley Pride is hoping to reschedule theirs.

The group had planned a pride parade and festival, but said in a press release that Nate made the events too dangerous and cancelled for safety.