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SHREVEPORT, La. - As bad weather slowly moves toward the Arklatex, how is it impacting local events in the area?

On Saturday, KTBS went to check out the Red River Balloon Rally and the Sickle Cell Softball Tournament.

The weather did affect these two events in some sort of way.

Officials with the Red River Balloon Rally say they could not do their tethered balloon rides because it's unsafe to ride a hot air balloon with more than eight miles per hour winds.

But everything else like live music, food, games and fireworks went on as usual.

As for the Sickle Cell Tournament, they did get a little wind and rain as we were out there, but it only lasted about five minutes.

More rain is expected on Sunday and the chairman of the tournament says inclement weather may force him to shut it down.

"We may windup having to flip the coin to win," said Roy Burrell, chairman of the Sickle Cell Softball tournament. "Our softball teams don't like that. They want to beat you until the end. That's just the nature of the competition. But if it comes very inclement, especially if it's lightening, then we'll have to stop the tournament."

Burrell says they will play as many games as they can Saturday night ahead of Sunday's potential weather.

The tournament will continue Sunday, weather permitting.

This is Sickle Cell of Northwest Louisiana's 42nd year holding this tournament The purpose is to raise money for sickle cell patients. All money donated goes directly to their research.


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