Rain Could Put a Damper on Carolina Cup

Camden, SC (WLTX) - Nothing says spring in the Midlands like the Carolina Cup but this year's race could be a damp one.

Usually the scene at the Carolina Cup is blue skies, green grass and of course plenty of bowties and floppy hats.

But with the unseasonable weather and a threat of rain this weekend's race could be a soggy one.

"It's disappointing with the difficult winter that we have had, nothing is green, spring is probably a good three weeks later than what we normally should be experiencing at this time of the year," said Jeff Teter, Director of the Carolina Cup.

The race brings over 65,000 fans from all over the southeast. Trainers say this has been the worst winter that they've seen in nearly 20 years.

"The biggest fear is not the moisture, it's the lightning."

Teter says the races will go on rain or shine.. But they are prepared for possible thunderstorms.

"Moisture, rain, if people get stuck we can deal with that but if we get a situation where there is some lighting in the area obviously we are going to air on the side of caution and ask everyone to seek shelter."

Teter says despite unfavorable weather ticket sales have still been strong.

"You know I would have thought they would have slowed down here this last two or three days with the way the weather prediction is."

Even though the event is more of a fashion show than a steeple chase for some spectators Teter says dress accordingly.

"I would be paying attention to see what I really needed to have on my feet and if I do need a raincoat, not be afraid to pack one."


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