July 4 at Lake Junaluska
The Lake Junaluska July 4 festivities took place as scheduled, despite the rainy weather that punctuated the day.
For the 11 a.m. parade however, the clouds cleared and there was no rain on the parade.
For the picnic that followed, about 600 people showed up to enjoy a barbecue lunch, live music, bouncy houses, face painting and balloon twisting.
In past years when the weather has been sunny and inviting, the crowd has been about 800, said Ken Howle, Lake Junaluska marketing director. To have close to a full house during a day when rains were torrential at time was just as spectacular as the hour-long reprieve during the parade and the time it took the crowd to move into the Nanci Weldom open air gym where they could stay dry.