Event organizers prepare for rain this weekend

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – With rain in Saturday’s forecast, downtown event organizers are taking extra steps to keep those who attend safe.

The Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival is one of those events taking place Saturday. Event Director Scott Freeman said downtown events use a code system to alert people of severe weather.

“If we have to suspend the festival then we make announcements from the stages, and it’s a small enough venue that we can work with emergency management folks to make that happen pretty quickly,” Freeman said.

He said event staff will work with emergency management to keep track of the weather, and keep people safe.

“We do the best that we can from our end to make sure that we’ve got people taken care of,” said Freeman. “That we make the announcements. That we give folks plenty of time to get where they need to go and certainly safety is of paramount importance.”

Beers along the Wabash also takes place downtown Saturday, and organizer Ken McCammon said event staff will be paying close attention to the weather, but are also looking for an indoor venue to move to in the event of severe weather.

“We’re working on an alternative indoor site,” said McCammon. “We don’t have confirmation yet. But we had confirmation last year in the event of a rain date, so we’re optimistic that it’s going to work out one way or the other.”

Both McCammon and Freeman said they will do everything they can to make sure people are alerted and know where to go in case the weather becomes a problem, but Freeman said attendees should also make sure they have a plan in place too.

“Just have a plan of your own in place. Knowing that if we have to take shelter that you’ve got a place to go, and just know that with any outdoor event you’re going to have to deal with that,” said Freeman.

The Uptown Jazz and Blues festival is Saturday, Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. until midnight at Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette.

Tickets are $20 for adults the day of the fest and $5 for kids under 12. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 until midnight Friday.

Beers Along the Wabash will also take place Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Riehle Plaza. General admission is $35 or the Beer Geek Package can be purchased for $60.

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