The Cost of A Rained Out Summer, By the Numbers
Your rainy memories of summeraren't a mirage-the season was exceptionally wet. And although it was irksome when it put a damper on your plans, all that rain had a ripple effect, diminishing profits of organizations that depend on outdoor events and activities.
Stonewall Columbus estimates this year's rainyPride Festival and Paradedrew half the number of people as last year's event, which had about 400,000 attendees. About 25 percent of Stonewall's annual budget comes from beer and merchandise sales at the festival, so the organization set up a "rainy day fund," soliciting donations to make up for the loss in income.
By the end of August, total attendance for this season of Actors' Theatre productions was 11,990, while 16,421 had attended shows by the same time last year. 11 shows were rained out this season.
Though shows are free, Actors' Theatre relies on donations. Like Stonewall, the theater company also set up a fund for donations; it far surpassed the losses from cancelled shows.
Dangling Carrot Farm, a vendor at the Worthington and Clintonville farmers markets, lost a third of its tomato crop this summer. Owner Becky Barnes says the loss was largely due to a fungal disease that thrives in wet conditions.
From mid-May through the end of August,Zoombezi Bayat the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium saw 395,884 visitors-7,771 less than the same time last year.