Why has it been raining so much lately? Perhaps because last weekend would have been Mayfest time if the festival wasn't canceled this year due to coronavirus.

Here's a brief look at how the weather has occasionally put a damper on Tulsa's big festival:

1989 — High winds blew most of the exhibitors’ tents off their frames and damaged wares.

1992 — Some vendors packed up early to avoid heavy rains, and a painted silk merchant reported thousands of dollars in damage. Concerts by Tom Chapin and The Mamas and The Papas were moved into the Brady Theater.

2001 — It didn’t actually rain, but forecasts of stormy weather hurt attendance. (see more Mayfest weather events here)

Tulsa’s downtown festival of art, music and food actually began in 1973 as a gift to the city in honor of its 75th birthday from the Tulsa Junior League.

Jubilee ’73, as it was called, was held on the Civic Center Plaza. It featured arts and crafts, a children’s zone and music, much like today’s Mayfest. Unlike today, the food concessions were provided by local organizations.

The big event in 1973 was a performance by Sammy Davis Jr. with Skitch Henderson conducting the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra at the Assembly Center (now Cox Business Center).

Take a look back at Mayfest through the years here