The Newtown Arts Festival kicked off at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, and rain followed shortly after. By noon, festivalgoers huddled in tents or under the festival's central sculpture, where kids and teenagers disregarded the rain.
In the music tent, organizer Robert Rabinowitz said the rain could have been a lot worse.
"We had a little bit of a drizzle," he said, referring to the sheets of rain that soaked the festival from about noon to 2:00 p.m. "Fortunately, nothing blew up, but it flooded a bit in the back of the tent."
Rabinowitz said festival volunteers and staff managed to save expensive gear from getting soaked, and the rain couldn't keep spirits from running high at the second annual art festival.
"It's music, art and dance," he said. "Does it get any better than that?"
The festival continues tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. At 10:00 a.m., the Newtown High School Marching Band will perform a piece from their 2013 show "Atlantida."