Creepy climates and devilish detours spooked the community from attending a local fall tradition this past weekend.
About 3,900 people visited Erie MetroParks’ Harvest Happenings at Osborn MetroPark on Saturday and Sunday, according to Steve Dice, the park system’s executive director.
MetroParks gauges attendance by recreational visits, which is counting the number of cars parked in the lot. Each car equals 3.5 attendees.
Last year, about 12,000 people attended the two-day event, marking one of the largest crowds in the festival’s 19-year history.
“I am disappointed for the people that usually come,” Dice said. “They were probably at home inside those days instead of having a good time.”
Frigid temperatures likely played the biggest factor in the abysmal turnout — the thermometer dipped into the mid 40s with steady rain all weekend.
“It wasn’t a fun day to come out and play,” Dice said.
This weekend's weather forecast is far more favorable with bright sunny skies and highs in the 70s.