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Hermine winds cancel Summer of Rum Festival

Even though Hermine will have long passed by Saturday, the Summer of Rum Festival that was to be held in Channelside Plaza has been canceled, organizers announced Friday, because stormy weather made setup too treacherous.

"As we arrived this morning to the event site, storm bands from Hurricane Hermine were producing sustained winds at 20-30 mph, with gusts much higher," said Ferdian Jap, partner with Big City Events, the festival organizer. "This kind of wind presents safety concerns for our vendors, crew, staff, and artists to be able to set up in time to open our gates tomorrow.

Tents, the stage, lights and sound equipment couldn't be safely erected, he said, so the festival was called off.

Tickets will be refunded from point of purchase, he said. The company plans to bring the festival back to Tampa next year, the company said.

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