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 The Band Perry should be ashamed for cancelling the show 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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