GREENFIELD - Visitors were asked to leave the Riley Festival today shortly after 6 p.m. due to the threat of high winds and rain.
Many vendors packed up their food stands and crafts and loaded them into their vehicles. It's unclear whether the festival will open again Sunday. Riley Festival Secretary Nancy Alldredge said if the weather is decent, vendors and visitors are welcome to come back but officials have not yet made a decision on whether to close the festival Sunday.
Police Chief John Jester said this is the first time in his memory the festival has closed early. The National Weather Service states damaging winds, heavy rain, lightning, large hail and isolated tonadoes are possible this evening and tonight. The forecast for Sunday also calls for showers and thunderstorms.