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Slowed by rain, Pecan Street Festival ends strong

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This weekend's wet weather posed a problem for the 31st-annual Pecan Street Festival, but it didn't stop all vendors and visitors from having fun at the Austin tradition.

The annual street festival is the third-largest festival in Austin, behind the national draws South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. It’s economic impact is estimated to be between 45 and 50 million dollars.

More than 300 vendors set up for the two-day festival on East Sixth Street, but only about a third showed up Saturday.

"It was up and down because there was clearings, then there was sun, then we had rain," Michael Hernandez with the festival said. "I think that everyone understands that things happen, and the one thing you can't control is the weather."

Local artist Collin Welsch was happy to see the sun come out on Sunday, after Saturday’s rains kept much of the expected foot traffic at home. She tries to be in the same spot each year.

"It’s very important because that's how you build your customer base,” Welsch said. “If they know they're going to see you and they expect to see you, they'll come out and collect your things. That’s what you really want.”

There are two Pecan Street Festivals every year, one in May and another in September.

Many of the same vendors will set up at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center in December.

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