“Tim Patton has sold crawfish sacks and oyster patties at Jazz Fest for 25 years. He is quite familiar with muddy, wet days like those of the second weekend at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In fact, the first year Patton worked Jazz Fest, one day was entirely rained out.
“They didn’t open,” Patton said. “At the time, we were freaked out.”
After a quarter century, Patton still has no secret for dealing with rainy days at Jazz Fest.
“It’s a guessing game,” he said.
This year, he planned to make 22,000 oyster sacks. When the forecast turned bad, he dropped that number to 15,000 and still had leftovers when Jazz Fest ended on Sunday.
“We made money,” he said, “but of course the percentages were down 15 or 20 percent minimal.”
Patton, who used to work festivals around the country, said the Jazz Fest crowd is unique.“