Fears of flooding scuttle two big events this weekend

- Fears of flooding scuttle two big events this weekend. These are events that normally draw tens of thousands of people.

Susan G. Komen Charlotte announced its Saturday Race for the Cure is off and the opening weekend for the Renaissance Festival has been delayed.

Runners and walkers pick up their race packets at Komen Charlotte, even after learning the race for the cure has been cancelled.

"People were still coming in and asking how they can support us," said Tami Simmons, executive director of Komen Charlotte.

She says this is the first time the Race for the Cure has been cancelled. The decision, she says, was a tough one.

"We are heartbroken here at Komen Charlotte. Putting on this Race for the Cure is the reason we're here and it's what we love to do most for this community. It's very tough for us today," said Simmons.

But Komen Charlotte isn't the only one cancelling.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is also delaying its big opening day for the first time in almost a quarter century.

"Traditionally for 22 years we have been open rain or shine except for extreme weather conditions. With the governor declaring a state of emergency and the predictions of a vast amount of rain tomorrow, we have postponed our opening by one day," said Jeffrey Siegal, producer of the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

He says the festival will open its doors on Sunday by kicking off the season with a few new additions.

"The new Edgewood stage with many new performers and shows, the new queen's kitchen, new shambles with five new craft vendors. We have a lot new this year and we look forward to showing it," said Siegel.

We're told there are no plans as of yet to reschedule the Race for the Cure. However, there are still ways to help out.

"You have the opportunity to donate throughout the month of October. Anyone who was thinking to come out, you can go online and continue to donate. We will put all that money to good use," said Simmons.

We’re told 15,000 people were expected to race along 3rd street this weekend. Komen Charlotte says they see about double that amount in uptown participating in the overall event.

The Renaissance Festival runs during weekends now starting this Sunday through November 22nd.

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