Rainy weather affects attendance at Roots Festival


MISSOULA, Mont. - Saturday's weather didn't stop bands from performing at the annual River City Roots Festival.

But when NBC Montana was there, it appeared to have put a damper on attendance.

The annual event typically attracts more than 10,000 people, with first class art and entertainment, live performances and a 4-mile run.

An event committee member told NBC Montana she's not worried about the rain.

"I think the turnout is going to be fine. People are excited about the line up and it's Missoula. You know, a little rain isn't going to hurt anybody," said Ellen Buchanan, Chair for River City Roots Committee.

"It made us stay inside a little bit longer than usual but we like to play in the rain too so raincoats and rain boots are always fun," said Glory Lawson, a Missoula resident.

Organizers tell NBC Montana they expect more people to fill the streets as nighttime performances begin.