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Anti-drought festival draws few visitors, less rain
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- It was billed as a rain festival to fight Georgia's drought, and even included a rain dance, but turnout was slim and precipitation was even scarcer than people.
"Not much of a turnout," landscaper Linda Boyer said Saturday, squinting against bright sunshine under a cloudless sky and scanning the nearly empty parking lot sprinkled with several tables of water-related activities and volunteers.
A local teen dance troupe appeared to perform in the tradition of American Indian rain dances -- but drew an audience of less than a dozen.
"Bottom line, when it's not raining, everybody prays to the Big Guy regardless of culture," said Kendra Cosner, who called herself "company mom" for the teen performers from Dancentre South.
Boyer said the event was a last-minute decision and was organized in just 10 days.