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Local Businesses Respond to Increased Demand for Rain Gear -- Mikayla Lewis

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 01:29 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--CMA Fest is still rocking, despite some weather delays. The rain is not delaying business for many people like Kenneth Burrel who normally sells tickets.

Kenneth Burrel says, "Since it's a bad day and it's cloudy  I chose to sell ponchos and who needs ponchos? Ponchos, Ponchos. " 

Burrel says his goal is to sell about 50 ponchos. So far he has sold about 10.

Burrel says, "When the weather changes, I change. I go to any means necessary to make a few dollars. This is my livelihood and this is my job."

He is not the only one adding ponchos to the inventory. In a shop where boots reign, Big Time Boots on Broadway are selling cow print ponchos and clear bags. Many CMA Fest fans are getting the bags before attending concerts at LP Field. The NFL stadium requires that all personal items be stored in clear bags for security.

Michael Schoff, manager of Big Time Boots explained "It's more for the customer and more for the experience of the CMA goers. To have them be prepared with the plastic bags and the ponchos if it rains so they're more comfortable."

Many CMA fans are taking shelter inside bars.

Brenda Sanderson says, "CMA Fest is the best time in the world. It literally can double your business that week, sometimes even triple your business so it's huge for all of us."

Sanderson and her family own several honky-tonks like Legends. She says the weather never gets in the way of CMA Fest.

Sanderson adds, "It has never once dampened the spirit of the people that are out here .. . They're just glad to be here rain or shine."

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