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Severe weather threat has local event watch forecast

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Friday morning’s weather threat could impact many Gulf Coast events. Organizers tell us they are keeping a close eye on forecasts.

It’s a milestone anniversary for the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival – 70 years on the east coast. Kicking off Friday morning with over 400 vendors – some of them started setting up on Thursday although the start is expected to be wet and potentially windy.

“Looks like it’s going to be a morning wash,” Debby Stone and Lynda Wheeler said.

The Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival runs until Sunday.

The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show is also gearing up for a big crowd. With 80 boats in the water and 300 others ashore, they will welcome some 10,000 visitors this weekend. This is their first boat show since 2019 due to the pandemic. The weather is already pushing back the opening by at least a few hours.

“We were supposed to open at 10 a.m. and we’ll probably push that back to sometime mid-afternoon I guess. We’ll know a bit more tomorrow morning, but we’ll definitely let these storms and potential hazards pass here at the beach, and then we’ll open things up… late tomorrow — tomorrow afternoon. But then Saturday and Sunday – the FOX 10 weather team says it looks perfect here – so we’re happy about that,” said Jim Cox, The Wharf.

Wharf Boat & Yacht Show hours:

Friday: Midday (whenever a new start time is announced) to sunset

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Ladies’ Day

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Back here in Mobile – the “Thrillville” sights, sounds and side entertainment are back for a second year at Hank Aaron Stadium.

“We are looking forward to reuniting with the community. We have added many more rides. We’ve added a few entertainment options – a lot more vendors,” said Jesse Sampley, Thrillville.

Although they won’t open until 5pm on Friday – they still have a plan in place for potential bad weather – saying some of the higher rides will be temporarily closed.

“The security team here – they’re watching all the weather and wind advisories and stuff. But we’re hoping for the best possible weather,” Sampley said.

Thrillville will be at the Hank until March 27. They open MF at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is $10. Children 5 and under and 65 years old enter for free. Specials available on weekends. Unlimited rides MF $30, Saturday and Sunday $35.