Despite weather delay, TAF calls the Taste of Tippecanoe a success

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Downtown Lafayette was back to business as usual Sunday, but just a day before the streets were crowded with residents getting a “Taste of Tippecanoe.”

Although there was a temporary delay due to severe weather, Taste of Tippecanoe coordinator Chris June said weather didn’t keep people away for long.

“If you would have been there at 9:30, you would have never know that it happened,” said June. “It was like everyone that was there to begin with, they came back for their second course of the Taste. But the new folks that joined us, it was like nothing ever happened.”

The delay did cause confusion among some vendors and festival goers. June said the text alert sent from the Taste’s AMG Alert system may have given people impression the festival was cancelled entirely.

“Any confusion from that was based off of just interpretation,” said June. “I don’t think they meant it was permanent, like everyone go home. That’s just how it came across to people, but we made sure to clarify.”

Another source of confusion was the color coded alert system. Lafayette Police Capt. Kurt Wolf said green, yellow, orange and red alert codes notify people of the severity of the situation. He said it allows staff to easily make a decision when it comes to event safety.

“It’s something that we’ve all agreed on, that we’re going to use, and it just kind of sets things in stone. So, that we have some criteria and guidelines to go by,” said Wolf.

June said although it may have caused some confusion, he thinks the alert system was successful.

“We just kept everybody informed and we kept everybody safe,” added June. “That was the whole point.”

June hopes to have more clarification on text alerts available for attendees. June added he is welcoming suggestions on how to make the 2015 Taste of Tippecanoe an even better experience for everyone.

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