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VooDoo Fest canceled for first time in its history

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

For the first time in its 17-year history, the VooDoo Music Festival was canceled Sunday, because of weather.

“It’s really sad and kind of aggravating, I was excited to see like some of the bands today, they had a good lineup,” fest goer Callie Pate said.

Most didn’t hear the news until they got to the gates or one of the security checkpoints, and they were promptly turned away.

“It’s upsetting that we came all this way and that its canceled,” Elena Barry said.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday, festival organizers decided to pull the plug, saying the final day couldn’t go on thanks to forecasted persistent rain and flash flood warnings.

Pointing to newly purchased rain gear, Layton Higginbotham says, “We bought all this just to come over here and so now it’s just kind of useless.”

Music lovers say Saturday the grounds were soaked.

“It was really gross, it was like walking in mashed potatoes or pudding,” Pate explained.

So they sloshed around while listening to the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Jane’s Addiction. But they didn’t mind!

Allison Dauzat says, “Let us sign something saying that it’s ok that we go in and we're gonna get muddy and stuff, I don’t care, I want to go.”

Despite being a rain or shine event, refunds will be given for Sunday.

“If they're gonna give refunds I guess I can’t get too mad at them but it is disappointing,” Taylor Ricks commented.

Especially considering how far some traveled for the day. We met people in town from Texas, Lafayette and Gulfport.

Despite their frustration, most are making the best of the situation.

“It’s been a great weekend. I’ve met some really cool people and heard some really great music so I’m happy,” Ann Lowry said.

As they hope for better weather, next year.

For more information about getting a refund for your VooDoo fest tickets, visit  www.worshipthemusic.com

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