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There’s plenty of iced drinks being served by Carlos Williams at the Johnny Appleseed festival in Paradise.

Posted: Oct 6, 2019 6:44 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - There’s plenty of iced drinks being served by Carlos Williams at the Johnny Appleseed festival in Paradise.

“I’m really touched at like how many people are coming out and showing their support”, said Carlos Williams, a vendor at the festival. 

PG&E temporarily turned off power in paradise Saturday night.

“When we got here this morning for set up we didn’t have power. the power came back on at 10:30 a.m. so it didn’t really impact us adversely at all," said Judy Clemens, an organizer of the festival.

Williams says he rented a generator Sunday, he says without power he would lose lots of money.

“Hell no, no generator, no business, we have to have electricity to run our blenders we have to have electricity to run the cappuccino machine down there. If we don’t have the generator we’re out of business,” Williams said.

Williams says he didn’t know the power was still out for parts of paradise Sunday morning, but a friend warned him ahead of time.

“It was really a blessing that we ran into another vendor we were coming in to stop at cash and carry to pick up the supplies that we were going to need to vend out for the day. Lucky for us another vendor that we do business with a fair amount was there and told us the power was still out,” Williams said.

Williams says he keeps all his dairy products on these ice chests - that way they don’t have to rely on so much electricity.

Other people like Laura Grant were without power in Oroville so she decided to come to Paradise with her family.

“It’s a great chance to support the community and it’s a great chance for the kiddos to get out of the house and not be driven crazy,” Grant said.

Despite the power outage dozens of people still showed up to Johnny Appleseed days including town manager Laura Gill.

“When the power goes out after a few hours, all the traffic signals in town start blinking red or go completely dark when they go completely dark we need people to drive slow,” Gill said.

“It saved us a lot of time we were able to rent the generator from home depot,” Williams said.

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