In spite of the threat from ponderous storm clouds rolling in over the Front Range, history was very much alive, but soggy Saturday.
Blacksmith Butch Lee's hammer rang loud and clear, bending steel cooked to 2,000 degrees just as in the late 1800s, and the twang of a banjo played by Jody Adams wafted above the burgeoning crowd.
The Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival may have been flooded out Friday, but Saturday woke up bright and clear.
"It's actually been really nice," said Adams, who has performed at the event for about a dozen years. "Once they saw the weather was good today, they said: 'We're gonna go. We're gonna get it in.' "
Adams said that fans of his music over the years at the festival were showing up, which he took as a good sign.
"It means the regulars are coming out," he said. "And that's really good."
The festival at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, co-sponsored by the Holly Berry House Folk Art Gallery, is a benefit for the ranch's restoration projects.
It was cancelled Friday because a pair of foot bridges over Camp Creek were damaged by flooding and the parking lot was so muddy cars couldn't park there.
This day, though, was a different story.
Handcrafted folk art was everywhere, from jewelry to wood carvings to antiques.
Handmade leather bracelets could be had for $10 and there were wooden shelf sitters with catchy sayings like "Wicked chickens lay deviled eggs" and "All you need is love . and a dog."
You could buy a vintage ball peen hammer for $8.
Anne Buckles, her daughter Sara Prudhomme and Prudhomme's daughter Hannah, 8, were treasure hunting.
It's an annual thing for them. This was their fourth year, Anne Buckles said.
"It's a Saturday thing we do," she said. "It's an important day for us."
Said Sara Prudhomme: "If it was raining, we would still be here,"
They struck it rich, snapping up a bucket to transform into a flower pot, a piece of metal for a wind chime and other bits of flotsam.
"It's a lot of up-cycling," Sara Prudhomme said. "That's the big thing these days."
The festival continues Sunday, weather permitting, said Rich Read, co-owner of the Holly Berry House Inc. along with his wife, Kathy, architect of the festival.
"Today is great," he said. "Today is absolutely great. We have a long line of people wanting to come in."
But he's keeping an eye on the weather.
Sunday's forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain, some of it heavy, according to the National Weather Service.
The odds of the festival Sunday, Read said, "I would call iffy."