Rain stopped the music, but didn’t dampen spirits at local tradition
The music barely got started when it ended abruptly Monday at the Pinehurst Labor Day Picnic. A sudden rain shower dumped a large amount of water quickly, sending musicians scurrying from the stage to protect instruments and equipment.
Some of the days patrons shifted positions from where they were sitting, to dryer spots under the covered pavilion, but the party continued on.
Everyone enjoyed meals of hot links, gumbo, potato salad, cake and watermelon while reminiscing with old friends. Former mayor of Pinehurst, Pete Runnels was also in attendance. He began the yearly tradition when in office for Pinehurst.
Normally the event lasts until 2 p.m., but because of the weather, the prizes were distributed early and with no music, there was nothing to hold the patrons.