For the first time in 29 years, Christmas in Fair Oaks Village will be postponed.
The decision was made by memebers from the major Fair Oaks organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Recreation and Park District as well as the Merchants Association. The event, origianally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, will now take place the following Saturday, Dec. 8.
Officials from the organizations cite weather being the biggest concern for a number of reasons, most notably the fact no one really wants to be caught in the middle of a rain storm. Aside from that, Park District officials believe Plaza Park would be unusable due to rain. There are also many parade participants that have pulled out due to weather, said Merchants Association member Daneece Fraizer.
"Our advice was to move it because it's going to be wet," said Park District Recreation Supervisor Katy Albers. "The park would be too wet to hold it."
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 100 percent chance of rain throughout the entire day, with a high near 57 degrees.
"The good news is that the weather is forecasted as sunny and 52 degrees for the 8th," Fraizer said in an email.
According to a somewhat less-reliable extended forecast at AccuWeather.com, weather is expected to be sunny, with a high around 53 degrees on Dec. 8.
"Now begins the work of notifying the community about the change," said Fraizer.
Lots of logistical complications have to be rectified, said Chamber director Jan Bass-Otto. As of Wednesday, many of the event participants had pulled out, but were happy to reschedule for the following weekend, Bass-Otto said.
"I hope the people will understand," Otto said. "Well I imagine they will when they notice their roofs blowing off!"
Bass-Otto noted that the 14 beauty queens who ride in the classic Sacramento Metro Fire District firetruck had cancelled; llamas disguised as reindeer would no longer be going; however, that all changed. In fact, with the promise of better weather, all had rescheduled. And the chances that Bella Vista High School's band making the event had improved as well, Bass-Otto said.
For Bass-Otto, it meant re-filing road closure permits with the Sacramento Department of Transportation, notifying her contacts at Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol — all which need to approve permission for the event to take place.
"I can take a day trip," Bass-Otto joked. "I'll pack a lunch."
Despite the day change, the event is still scheduled from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. For more details on the event, be sure to click over to the (updated) event listing in the calendar section.