“Saturday was not a bad night, but July 4 and 5 were, as one (hotel) put it, not very impressive,” she added. “Clearly, the rain put a damper on what people’s plans were for the Fourth of July.”
Likewise, local marinas expected brisk business, with heavy lodging bookings and small boat and pontoon rentals. Yet “one of the marinas just said you could tell it was raining,” said Mounce. “It was slow.”
Every rainy cloud has a silver lining. Mounce said the rain forced people indoors, which allowed tourists to see parts of Pulaski County they might not have otherwise.
“When something like this happens, the lake sort of takes care of itself,” sad Mounce. “(The rain) gets people off of the lake and into things like the Carnegie Community Arts Center or the Peddler’s Mall, or local restaurants to eat. It gives place like that an opportunity to get (tourists) out and about and see what else we have to offer.”
And also, patience is a virtue — and rewarded by nature. “For those that decided to stay Saturday night, they had to be ecstatic about Sunday,” said Mounce. “Sunday was beautiful.”