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Sep 5, 2011 6:42 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Loses Money After Tropical Storm Lee

Over the weekend, the attendance at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in Morgan City was low, which was an upset for many of the vendors. It's been a big money maker is past years, but this year the economic impact may be worse than Tropical Storm Lee itself.

Two hundred vendors ended up leaving or didn't even come at all.

Festival Vice President, Rodney Grow, said"from Mississippi, I got a phone call from Florida. They just weren't going to chance it coming down because of the weather situation."

On Monday, zydeco music filled the air and people packed the streets taking advantage of the last day of the festival. It's a a good thing for vendor Elizabeth Hoffman.

"I hope we break even," she said. "It was an expense to get here, and it was an expense to stay here."

With this year's low attendance, most of the vendors said they aren't even close to making a profit.

Vendor Skipper Williams said, "we aren't going to lose money, but it's not going to one of our better years. Worst things could happen, we could gave a hurricane bearing down on us."

The food vendors may fare a little bit better. Coonie Daigle with Patterson's Seafood said people came to eat rain or shine.

"I definitely think we should be able to profit from what we made over the weekend," she said.

Some years, the festival pumps millions into the cities economy, but unfortunately this year it's not the case. Festival organizers said it's too early to tell just how much money was lost.



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