Although a morning rain shower dampened the Pacific Coast on Sunday, a steady crowd was perusing artisans, enjoying music, and munching on carnival-style food by the afternoon.
Peter Loeb, president of the Fog Fest Organizing Group, said it was the first time he’s seen rain in the event’s 26-year history.
The last weekend in September is normally sunny, Loeb said, but Saturday was foggy and Sunday was mainly cloudy.
“We had to bring in fog machines in before so we had fog,” Loeb joked, adding that he and co-founders named the event ironically.
Like Saturday, Sunday’s attendance picked up in the afternoon, he said. “The crowd is good and the vendors are happy and that makes the whole thing successful.”
The event featured more than 150 and three stages of , plus and contests.
Children filled the slides in the Stars and Stripes Amusement Area, while Iron Man Moving on a giant crane.
All the proceeds from the festival will go toward 46 participating community groups, Loeb said.
Vendor Caroline Vieira showed off her wind-driven garden art, including ducks and musicians. “It all has movement,” Vieira said, and all of her work is made from recycled materials, including iron, barrels and car parts.
She designs the pieces and her husband does some of the welding, she said.
Bob Blaydes attracted a group of onlookers while demonstrating his wooden trebuchets, which act as mini catapults.
Blaydes makes the trebuchets by hand in Clovis. “It was a pile of wooden boards when I got them,” he said.
The Pacifica Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center was selling its newly designed t-shirts, which feature a mermaid logo and the phrase, “Pacifica: A Pretty Cool Place.”
“Mother Nature tried to rain on our parade this morning but Pacifica prevailed by bringing out the sunshine and best in everyone,” said Chamber CEO Courtney Conlon.