AUGUSTA — The first AugustaFest planned the city’s downtown has been scaled back because weather forecasts call for rain tomorrow.

Organizers made the call Friday afternoon, all-but-canceling the day and night of activities except for a handful of events.

As a result, Water Street will not be closed to traffic, as originally planned.

“It’s absolutely one of the toughest calls,” said Dan Emery, chairman of the Augusta Downtown Association’s promotions committee. “Because you want to push the festival forward but if you have the vendors down there and people don’t go — we have to go with the flow. It’s very disappointing.”

Three festival events will still happen: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., a breakfast at the Methodist church on Green Street; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., a fishing tournament; and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the “Downtown Throwdown” strongman competition.

Otherwise, the full roster of activities that had been planned on Front Street, Water Street, Market Square and elsewhere — including multiple bands playing in a riverside beer garden — have been canceled.

The event has been organized on by both the Augusta Downtown Association and the city.

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