Organizers move Blue Plum events ahead of rain

Johnson City Press • Updated Jun 5, 2019 at 10:47 PM

The city of Johnson City has closed Founders Park due to the current forecast of continuous rain and the potential for ground saturation in Founders Park.

"For everyone’s safety and the preservation of our beautiful park, we ask everyone to respect the signage and boundaries placed by the city," Blue Plum Festival Director Caroline Abercrombie said in a press release.

According to The Weather Channel, thunderstorms will be moving through the area Thursday morning before things are expected to clear briefly Thursday night. 

Friday’s forecast calls for rain developing in the afternoon, with a 90% chance of rain and evening thunderstorms, giving way to overnight rains that will continue into Saturday with scattered thunderstorms throughout the day.

At this time, the Great Lawn at Founders Park has been excluded from the event footprint and the kids zone and all lawn events will relocate to the areas surrounding the Pavilion at Founders Park. Both the Ballad Health and Wild Wing Café stages and all vendors will remain in the planned locations.

"Our biggest challenge is logistics, but we have a strong team of volunteers working hard to make it happen. The city is working with us to create solutions for the events on the lawn moving to higher ground. Look for the updated map to be posted on our website and social media," Abercrombie said.

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