LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Because of all the rain, for the first time in decades, the St. James Court Art Show had to end early.
The event shut down at 5 p.m. Saturday and was canceled Sunday altogether.
Artists from all over the world travel to Louisville every year to sell their art at St. James.
Many of them tell WDRB they're losing a lot of money having to call it quits a day early.
By Saturday afternoon at the 57th Annual St. James Court Art Show, almost everything and everyone was soaking wet.
Artists lowered tents and used anything they could find to save their work.
Some customers left while others donned ponchos, rain boots and umbrellas.
Art show organizers say they met with authorities and made the decision to cancel the last day for weather related safety reasons.
"We are all heart sick about it. The artists have been wonderful and are anxious to pack up while we have a dry spell. We'd rather be safe than sorry," said Joann Marquart, a St. James organizer.
No one can remember the last time the art show had to shut down early.
"According to one artist, we've done this for 30 years and haven't had to cancel. He doesn't ever remember canceling," Marquart said.
Glenda Lundgren and her husband Eric drove from Daytona Beach to sell their hand made jewelry.
They've been doing so for 25 years because they say St. James is one of their most profitable shows.
"Well it's disappointing. I mean if it's just going to rain I would rather stay because I think people will come out," said Lundgren.
They estimate without Sunday sales, they'll lose anywhere from $3-$5,000.
"It will cut into our profit by about a third because we usually do about the same every day," Lundgren told WDRB.
"A day's worth of their livelihood is gone," added Marquart.
Since organizers haven't experienced a cancellation before, it's unknown if artists will be refunded their booth fees.
"I don't know how it will work. I don't think they will but I don't know," explained Marquart.
Louisville native Retha Baumle says she's disappointed because Sunday is usually the day she finds the bargains.
"We come back at the last minute to see the deals and they usually cut the deals and you can get a good deal on Sunday afternoon," said Baumle.
Artists understand why they canceled but some think the decision was premature.
"Most of the time when they cancel a show for bad weather, it's never as bad as they expect it to be," said Lundgren.
You can still buy from the artists through the St. James web site.
Organizers say planning for next year's show will start immediately.
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