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Rain Washes Out SLO Farmers Market

Steady rain fell on downtown San Luis Obispo forcing the cancelation of the Thursday night Farmers Market, Halloween costume contest and downtown trick-or-treating.

The wet weather did not stop the James family from coming downtown with their two kids in costume to go trick-or-treating on Higuera Street.

“We’ll be okay, we’ll find candy elsewhere, its kind of empty”, said John and Jenny James.

The Downtown Association decided to cancel Farmers Market and the traditional Halloween-related events in the interest of public safety.

A big decision that had financial consequences for everyone involved as Farmers Market typically attracts thousands of people to the downtown area on Thursday nights.

“It affects us all, it affects our Association, as well as every farmer and vendor out there”, said Chantal Peterson with the Downtown Association, “a lot of our barbequers they have to purchase large amounts of meat and food products and everyone’s prepared for this huge event every week, so it affects us and we do credit all of our vendors that do come out there if there is rainout, it hits everyone.”

The rain also dampened downtown business activity.

“Rain is pretty much like a business killer on a Thursday night,” said Amanda Johnson, a clerk at the Hep Kat Clothing store in downtown, “but its something we need and I think its worth it.”

The Downtown Association says the Halloween Costume Contest and Trick or Treating will take place on Monday night.

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