ANCHORAGE - And the show will go on 250 vendors found out today after being told Monday, it was cancelled for this weekend. This years festival will now take place November 2-4
"You can smell it when you come in the arena...and so they call me the pie lady," said Margie Cox, "Make it Alaskan" Vendor.
Cox has sold thousands of her famous pies to Alaskans for the past 3 years ...this time she thought she'd get a head start in making the little delights.
"I had hundreds of pies in the freezer ready for the festival and nothing to do... I didn't know what do with them," she said.
For the first time in 23 years the festival was being cancelled, due to unexpected emergency maintenance; a corrosion hole formed in a supply line to the ice floor was to blame. Officials at The Sullivan said they had no choice but to cancel.
"The city determined that we need to take care of this now a....hoping we can get the pipes replaced and the floor re-poured with concrete and getting the ice made so we can move on with our schedule," said Joe Wooden, Regional General Manager.
The event will now be the first weekend in November.
Christopher cox co-owner of the festival said before they got word of the new dates he had the tough task of breaking it to the vendors.
"understandably some of them very angry most of the very sad and one lady in tears....saying this is the money i'm going to live on for the next for six months," Said Cox.
Margie believes a lot of people depend on the festival as part of their livelihood and she fears the weather will deter some festival goers.
Christopher Cox said he hopes Anchorage will come out and support those vendors who may have been inconvenienced by the recent rescheduling.
Although the festival is being rescheduled The Oxygen and Octane EXPO is offering discounted booths at the Dena'ina Center this weekend, for those vendors who cannot make the new date.