Powwow Organizers Prepare For Another Good Day Despite Rain

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Organizers of the 23rd Annual Traditional Intertribal Powwow are excited to wrap up a successful weekend.

The rain came on Saturday, but President of the Shawnee County Allied Tribes Paul Williams said it should dry right up and not affect crowds.

The grounds were quiet Sunday morning as vendors and campers emerged from their tents to begin setting up for the day. The gates opened at 10 a.m. for the public.

A worship service was moved indoors to the Reynolds Lodge because of the damp ground.

Organizer Hildred Vilander said everyone was thankful for the rain because they needed it. Saturday drew in large crowds and Vilander said she was happy to see lots of children learning about Native American culture.

"It's very important because when they really get to thinking about it and learn, we are still doing the same thing. And everything they do has bounced off of that, from the Native people."

Gourd dancing, grand entry and social dancing will continue throughout Sunday, and the powwow will end at 10 p.m.