SUFFOLK- Hampton Roads Festival organizers are hoping rainy weather won't wash away business at several major events this weekend, including the Suffolk Peanut Festival.

'Thursday wasn't as busy. When the storm came through we lost power, and we had to close the park down. We had about a foot of water everywhere, it was unbelievable,' volunteer Inga Ruth described.

The Peanut Festival is tradition dating back to 1941.

'We think people will come out. A little drizzle won't keep them away,' Ruth said.

The Sidewalk Art Contest, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled and the Gospel Showcase, which was scheduled for Sunday on the Harvest Family Stage has also been cancelled.

So far, other events will continue as planned at the Suffolk Executive Airport on 1410 Airport Road.

The hours are Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

In Norfolk, the stormy weather didn't keep people away from Towne Point Park Thursday night. A crowd lined up to eat at the Kiwanis Harbor Party and Seafood Feast.

In Chesapeake, crews have started setting up for the Virginia Wine Festival. The event is Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Chesapeake City Park at 900 Greenbrier Parkway.

City council member Debbie Ritter explained it's important that people come out. The event is the Rotary Club's largest fundraiser, and money raised benefits local charities.

'It does a lot for the community. We have given somewhere over $450,000 to charities in the past three years,' Ritter said.

In Portsmouth, the I.C. Norcom High School 100th Anniversary Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on London Blvd.

'You'll probably see a large turnout, despite the rain,' Council member Bill Moody said.

Virginia Beach canceled Saturday's 50th anniversary bash. The celebration will not be rescheduled.

Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo was set for Sunday, but the event was cancelled due to the weather.

Organizers say the past few days of heavy rain and the forecast for more rain and strong winds on Sunday has given the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia cause for concern over the comfort of families who will attend the event.

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