Perfect weekend for festivals leads to air quality alert

(Credit: MGN Online)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The 'Shoe was full of cowboy boots this weekend.

Buckeye Country Superfest brought in about 90,000 fans each day under sunny skies and warm temperatures. Organizers from WCOL radio said they think attendance may be higher than last year because of the great weather.

"I think God is giving back to us after last year when we lived through the remnants of that tropical storm." Asked if he thinks people know what to do with two days of blue skies Johnson chuckled, "I think they do, they have been storing up hoping this happens and fans are ready to cut loose," said 92.3's Woody Johnson,

With Mother Nature's cooperation, events around Central Ohio including PRIDE and Gahanna's Creekside Jazz and Blues Fest saw record numbers of people attending.

Sunshine and blue skies brought people to the park for picnics and to walk the dog.

"We don't want to keep her out too long. We try not to keep her in the direct sun and we have got water in the car," said Christina Varga, who was enjoying the day with her dog Molly.

The temperatures soared into the 90's, so some people hit the pools and splash parks. Jeff Couch said his daughter wanted to celebrate Father's Day with him at the Scioto Mile's splash park.

"I love it, since I work in an office all day and I can look out the window and see the blue skies , when I am out here on the weekend , I am going to enjoy the whole day," he said.

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, MORPC, said Monday will be an "Air Quality Alert Day."

ABC 6 Meteorologist Erin Carroll said the Air Quality Index will be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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