LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Lots to do this weekend and event organizers want you to brave traffic and come out!
The waterfronts on both sides of the Ohio River are going to be packed this Saturday and Sunday. But these events for southern Indiana and Louisville have had to make quite a few changes due to the closure of the Sherman Minton bridge.
Things were certainly jamming at the New Albany Harvest Homecoming in the heart of the city. River City Winery had an overflow of people enjoying live music, drinking wine and dancing a little two step. And outside the restaurant, the streets were packed with people. With this crowd you would never know the Sherman Minton bridge closure was causing traffic jams and long rush hours. And while some people say this year's festival may have started off slow, it has certainly picked back up. Others say they notice a marked difference and they think the bridge closure has something to do with it.
"It might be a little slower than other years, but actually the business has been doing very well. Everyone's sales are still up,” said Missy McIntosh, a vendor.
"The first couple of days it was slow. Business... I won't say it was down drastically, but there was a little drop and I think it was people getting comfortable with their route,” said Melissa Humphrey, the owner of River City Winery.
"I can tell a big difference. Yeah, smaller crowd because ordinarily you wouldn't be able to get up and down the street,” said Betty Nolot, who was there enjoying the festival.
"It's a crowd that's typical of any Friday night over here on any year. The lunch crowds have been down a little bit. I think tomorrow, you will not be able to walk up and down the street,” said Buddy Runyon, a food vendor.
But they all agree on one thing: if you do not make your way to the festival, you will not know what you are missing.