The threat of bad weather Thursday night caused a change in a previously scheduled outdoor concert at the Indiana State Fair.
Fair officials made their decision early in the afternoon. With bad weather predicted for late afternoon or early evening, they moved the Spinners concert to what they believe is a safer, though smaller, indoor venue.
"The Spinners were scheduled to play on the Free Stage tonight at 7," fair spokesman Andy Klotz told RTV6's Norman Cox. "But because of the forecast, we're just going to go ahead and move them over into the auditorium in the Farm Bureau Building. It won't accommodate as many people, but it's certainly the safer alternative."
With the sun still shining brightly in late afternoon, fair officials probably knew they'd be second-guessed.
But none of the fair-goers RTV6 talked with questioned the decision. After last year's tragedy, they all believed the people charged with implementing the fair's new safety guidelines had done the right thing.
"After last year, I dont blame them," one fairgoer said. "Youve got people suing and what have you. I figure it's the safe thing to do."
"It's customer safety," said another attendee. "You've got to be proactive."
"I think it's a good idea," a third fair patron told RTV6. "You can never be too careful, and they're just looking out for all of the citizens here."
Fair spokesman Andy Klotz said the decision to move the concert is strictly a precaution.
"We may not get the rain, or it may come very quickly. A lot of this stuff is hit or miss," Klotz said. "But we thought that this would keep down the confusion if we can get word out that the Spinners are going to move and just be indoors, and we don't have to worry about the weather."
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