Even hard rain doesn't dampen spirit of Taste of Montgomery County
Sunday, August 24, 2014 3:16 PM
A little rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those presenting the eighth annual Taste of Montgomery County on Saturday at the Gen. Lew Wallace Study grounds.
The Paper photo by Frank Phillips. A Gen. Lew Wallace tribute artist demonstrates how the general would have signaled to his troops during the Civil War.
But it wasn't a little rain that forced The Taste to temporarily close for more than two hours Saturday evening. It was a torrential downpour the area has not seen all summer.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Montgomery County at 4:28 p.m. Saturday.
Brian Keim said The Taste would close and organizers planned to evaluate and make a decision about re-opening at 6:30 p.m.
Entertainer Jennie DeVoe arrived at the Lew Wallace grounds shortly after The taste was closed. She told organizers she would perform as long as there was no lightning.
At 6:30 p.m., the decision was made to continue the event and it "was going strong" again by 6:45 p.m., Keim said.
The annual Taste of Montgomery County is a showcase of the finest food and drink the county has to offer. There was also entertainment by Kenn Clark, Him & Her and DeVoe.
Money raised by the event is used to help fund the historic museum and study that was once the home of the author of "Ben Hur."