Rain, rain, go away… Events rescheduled, cancelled on account of rain

by By Cristin Parker cristin@thecherokeean.com

At least three events planned for Saturday, April 13, have been postponed or simply cancelled, thanks to the weekend’s forecast of severe weather.

Officials with the Cherokee County Child & Family Welfare Board and the county’s Child Protective Services office have rescheduled Saturday’s carnival event, for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the pavilion at Nichols Green Park Phase 2, Jacksonville.

“I hope all can still attend but it not we definitely understand,” event organizer and CPS Faith Based Specialist Tonya Fuller said.

The carnival is free to the public and has been arranged to help bring awareness to the plight of child abuse and neglect in Cherokee County.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Gallatin's annual Gopher Fest has also been postponed. Event officials said the festival has been moved to Saturday, May 18, at the Gallatin Community Center.

“We have all been watching the weather and cannot see any changes for the better,” event organizer Nita Cotton said in a post on Facebook. “Based on what we are seeing, we have decided it will be safer for everyone if we cancel tomorrow and keep everyone safe – and dry! However, we are rescheduling for May 18. Same time, same place, so make plans to come out and join us then!”

Officials with the refuge have reported the grand opening ceremony for the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge has been cancelled, as the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Neches River.

“The Neches River National Wildlife Refuge will continue to be open to the public from sunrise to sunset seven days a week,” Friends of the Refuge Chair Michael Banks said. “Only the Saturday event is canceled.

“We do not have a place at the Refuge to shelter so it could be dangerous to have you out there with a potentially severe thunderstorm.”

For more information, go to fws.gov/refuge/neches_river/.