There were certain times over the weekend when you could walk outside and just plain old sense that a storm was a-brewin’. You know; that “feeling in your bones” – as the saying goes – that makes you feel like at any moment the big faucet in the sky could get turned on directly overhead. If you had that feeling at all this weekend, then your gut turned out to be spot-on. At moments over the Memorial Day weekend Mother Nature had her way with the Columbia Basin, sporadically opening up the floodgates and saturating everything left uncovered.
Any fire chief will tell you that a good rain storm, minus any accompanying lightning of course, on Memorial Day weekend is a good thing for an area that is ravaged by wildfires year after year. On the flip side, ask someone associated with the Moses Lake Spring Festival if rain on Memorial Day weekend is a good thing and you will likely be met with a loud chuckle.
Despite the crossing of fingers, good vibes and prayers, Mother Nature threw Spring Festival organizers a few zingers. The rain certainly put a damper on things, but it couldn’t put out the fire that burns in Moses Lake Spring Festival organizers to bring the community together and it certainly couldn’t wash away the desire people had to attend one of the most popular events in the Columbia Basin. Sure the ground was a little bit soggy at moments. And sure people had to huddle under the nearest awning to avoid getting soaked when the raindrops turned into a semi-deluge on Friday and Sunday. All of those things happened, but they didn’t stop people from enjoying a Moses Lake tradition.
When the sun was out; so were the people. Take Sunday for example, who would have ever thought that after the mid-day rainstorm, just a few hours later Centennial Amphitheater would packed for the Sawyer Brown concert? Or who would have ever guessed that the 3-on-3 basketball tournament would still be able to have a championship game on Sunday with the weather?
The Moses Lake Spring Festival has undergone its fair share of changes over the years. Additions have been made to the schedule, and other things have been subtracted or moved to a new location. One thing that hasn’t changed over the years however is that the festival is a Moses Lake tradition that people will choose to attend and enjoy, no matter the circumstances.
— Editorial Board