Rain Won't Keep the Tall Ships Crowd Away

Posted at: 07/26/2013 4:45 PM
Updated at: 07/27/2013 12:48 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

When it comes to the weather in Duluth, the saying goes 'wait fifteen minutes and it will change.' Friday at the Tall Ships Festival, the crowds were willing to wait.

"The little sign says 2 hours but maybe with the rain some people will exit and it will be less than two hours," said Nancy Uthke.

Uthke and her family came up from the Rochester area to see the ships and their big sails up close. However, they weren't quite prepared for the rain.

"We got hoods, but not an umbrella or anything like that," she said.

But they say the ships are worth the long, rainy wait.

"We just got off the Peacemaker and it was spectacular to see so we think it will be great to see this one, too," said Uthke.

For two hours they'll wait in line. At the end of the line is Ryan Bong.

"I am event staff and currently I am guy-holding-sign," said Bong.

He holds his sign for the U.S. Brig Niagra high above his head so people know where to wait.

"Switching hands about every ten minutes helps a lot," said Bong.

There was a line for the Tall Ships and for Captain Jack, too. Others were more content watching from their lawn chairs, because that line in the rain was just too long.

"And i think it's getting longer...so we're just sitting here and taking it in," said Judie Larson.

But no matter what, the ships and the people are a sight to see.

"We just want to see the ships, watch the people, enjoy some entertainment, and eat some good food, you know," said Larson.

The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. The grounds open at 9 a.m.