Soggy celebration: Riley Festival workers donned rain gear during the annual Parade of Flowers on Friday. The event, in which children present flowers to be placed around the James Whitcomb Riley statue in front of the courthouse, was cut short because of the weather. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Colorful contribution: Riley Festival Queen Allie Dickmann (center) and her court, (from left) Katie Wietbrock, Elizabeth Fields, Hallie Wright and Haley Reifel, accept flowers from Eden Elementary School students Delanie Gustin (left) and Brianna McConnell during an abbreviated version of the Parade of Flowers. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
WEATHER TAKES A TOLL
The cold, wind and rain on Friday night were apparently too much for RIley Festival organizers, vendors and those who might attend, so the event closed unofficially as of about 7 p.m., according to a festival spokesperson.
The festival will resume with a full schedule bright and early today, starting with the 7:30 a.m. James Whitcomb Riley Breakfast at Dale E. Kuhn American Legion Post 119, 275 S. Center St.
GREENFIELD — A steady drizzle washed away some of the festive spirit of the Children’s Parade of Flowers Friday afternoon, but the limited number of participants mustered enough soggy fanfare to continue the most enduring tradition of the annual Riley Festival.
The threat of storms prompted officials to drastically reduce the number of schoolchildren allowed to participate in the annual parade, which typically features hundreds of children and their parents.