WINCHESTER --  The threat of rain hitting the area didn’t stop attendees from having fun Saturday during the Weekend in the Park at Jim Barnett Park.

The event, part of the Apple Blossom Festival, featured various food and craft vendors and activities for the kids.

Coming into the weekend, the Shenandoah Valley area faced rain and possible thunderstorms that would dampen the fun. The area was hit by rain late Friday night during the Apple Blossom fireworks show. But by the time Weekend in the Park began Saturday morning, the sun was shining.

Sailor German, 10, of Arlington, said she enjoyed the festivities.

“I really liked getting my face painted,” she said.

German’s mother, Ashley Caruthers, said she and her daughter were having a lot of fun.

“We’re having a blast,” she said. “We try to come here every year for Apple Blossom. We really enjoy it.”

Tom Hazelwood, of Stephens City, brought his family out for Weekend in the Park.

“They’re having a lot of fun,” he said.

Arts and crafts vendors from around the county put their best products on sale for patrons. Jane Bassett of 3S Designs, a family owned floral business out of Sterling, said that business started off slow in the morning but picked up throughout the day.

“I think people were a little iffy if [the event] would happen,” she said. “Thankfully, the weather got better as the day went on.”

On Sunday, rain hit the area and forced the cancellation of a few events including the car and dog shows. Other events, including the Kid’s Funday, camel rides, and live music from Fogg Band, continued despite the weather.

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