Fayette County

Tent blows down at Bluegrass Fair; 6 injured

A tent remained on the ground Tuesday after being blown down during Monday night's storm at the Bluegrass Fair site in Masterson Station Park in Lexington. Three of six people injured were taken to the hospital after three tents were hit by winds.
A tent remained on the ground Tuesday after being blown down during Monday night's storm at the Bluegrass Fair site in Masterson Station Park in Lexington. Three of six people injured were taken to the hospital after three tents were hit by winds.

Three people were taken to the hospital and three others sustained more minor injuries when a tent blew down at a fair in Lexington on Monday, fire department officials said.

The main tent at Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park collapsed at about 8:10 p.m. on fairgoers who were seeking shelter from a strong thunderstorm.

Of the three who were taken to the hospital, one person was cut on the head; one complained of back pain; and one suffered an abrasion to the cornea, fire department Major Chris Ward said. Names were not immediately available.

A petting zoo tent also collapsed with animals inside, and a crew of emergency workers helped get some pigs out, Ward said.

"I didn't see any casualties as far as the pigs go," he said.

The fair was closed for the remainder of the evening Monday but was scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees who had to leave early were given passes to come back another day, said Michael Kaplan, spokesman for the fair office.

The storm kept police hopping for a while.

Traffic lights at about a dozen intersections began to flash yellow, said Lexington police Lt. Edward Hart. Downed trees blocked traffic on Versailles Road and created hazards on other roadways.

Wind and rain hitting windows and doors caused alarms to go off at homes throughout the city. That means police have to check each of those houses, often in the rain.

Hart said police often can judge what part of the city a storm is hitting by the alarms going off.

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