Stormy weather couldn't keep away the vendors who braved the wind and rain of Hurricane Arthur, which was to the east of New Jersey but still wreaking havoc on July 4th celebrations along the coast.
Most vendors still arrived, many at the 8:15am deadline to set up their booths, even though weather predictions were not in favor of a festival at the beach. Tents and awnings were not allowed to be set up until around 11:30 due to the anticipated wind, which seemed to pick up even more after vendors were allowed to do so.
While attendance was way off due to the conditions, many local residents still showed up to grab a bite, play some games and check out the businesses that sponsored Ocean Fest. Quite a few families with umbrellas, raincoats and other rain gear still brought the kids to enjoy they wet, windy but still fun annual Long Branch event.
Most of the pictures are diehard vendors who stayed though most of the event even as winds really kicked up. Most of the food vendors said they were staying right on through to the evening hours. And of course all cleared and the sun was even trying to pop out around 3pm.
FIREWORKS: Long Branch fireworks drew 1000s of locals and fokes from surrounding towns alike. All went off without a glitch at 9:20 and lasted for about 20 minutes with what seemed like finales throughout the show.