UPDATE: Storms Force Cancellation of State Fair Concert

The Band Perry's agent is working on "a plan" for fans.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m.)—The Band Perry's headlining concert at the Maryland State Fair was rained out Saturday night.

The Baltimore Sun reports concertgoers headed for cover shortly before the scheduled 7:30 p.m. show. The Band Perry played seven songs before lightning was spotted in the area, according to a fairgrounds spokeswoman. The band went offstage, and the show was canceled 15 minutes later, the Sun reports.

The area was under a thunderstorm warning until 7:45 p.m.

Fairgrounds president and general manager Howard "Max" Mosner released the following statement:

The Band Perry made every attempt to get the show in.  There was a delay waiting until the first storm passed.  The band came back and played for approximately 35 minutes while continuing to track the weather. With the amount of lightening [sic] in the area, The Band Perry, the Concert Manager and the State Fair decided for safety reasons that they could not continue to play.

Rob Beckham, an agent representing the band, said they are working on something for the fans in light of the cancellation. He posted the following on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday:

For all you @thebandperry fans. Last night in MD the weather was awful. We are working on a plan. Stand by! RT

The announcement on the Maryland State Fair Facebook page has been met with expected disappointed, although some commenters have been more understanding.

They harkened back to the tragedy that struck the Indiana State Fair in 2011, when a stage collapsed during a Sugarland concert, killing three individuals and wounding several others.  

Others, like Patch contributor Joni Ellis, say without so much as a goodbye. 

On the Baltimore County Breaking News Facebook page, a user posted a picture of an ominous-looking cloud near the fairgrounds. (The user has since granted Patch permission to post her photo here.) 

The fair continues Sunday and Monday.

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Buzz Beeler September 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
The pictures tell the story and what a story it was.
PerryHallParent September 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Agreed Buzz. Seeing the picture of the descending funnel cloud would have been enough for me. Anyone who knows even the smallest information about storms knows that lightning can strike quite far away from a storm and conditions were ripe. The picture of the TORNADO coming out of the sky is more proof than the comments of "the closest storm was in PA" or any other such words of wisdom. Purchasing tickets to outdoor concerts played on a stage constructed of metal, with band members playing metal instruments is always at the mercy of the weather. Good call by the band.
Buzz Beeler September 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
PerryHalParent, a picture is worth a thousand words. That is what's so great about Patch. Some of the photos are outstanding and your will never see them anywhere but here. Not only do the people have a voice, but their words are captured live and descriptive so,
Sue September 04, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I was at the Indiana State Fair last year. 7 people died and over 60 injuried. Just be glad ever one was safe. I saw my life change in a blink of an eye.
anon September 04, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Last year where I live there was a storm threat with sky conditions similar to the ones in these pictures, and some people paid no attention. The ones who listened to the warnings took cover and watched from their basements as their houses were lifted into the sky...but they survived. Six people who delayed and got caught in the storms and the Cat 4 and 5 tornadoes that passed by died instantly. One was found entangled in a ball of barbed wire from a fence blown away by the storms. Another couple was found impaled on the limbs of a large tree, 20 feet above the ground. By the way, my hometown is also The Band Perry's hometown They too witnessed the death and destruction first hand....and spent the entire next day as volunteers for the Red Cross personally walking on foot down the affected areas handing out meals and supplies to storm victims and offering shoulders to cry on and words of encouragement. The abrupt end of the concert with no time for parting words was not planned any more than the bad weather that night was. Concertgoers missed half a performance....get over it. Taking the chance is not worth the risk...not ever. Period. Those who goverened the decisions on behalf of both the fair and of The Band Perry (who were following their own instructions when they left the stage) made the right choice.


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