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Ind. fairs, festivals await stage rigging rules

April 27, 2012 • Entertainment


In this Aug. 20, 2011 photo, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones play for the crowd at the 2011 Madison Ribberfest at Bicentennial Park in Madison, Ind. The stage used in most Madison festivals is a transportable stage built into a trailer. The organizers of some of Indiana’s county fairs and small festivals built around everything from covered bridges to folk music are anxiously awaiting new rules governing the type of stage rigging involved in last summer’s deadly State Fair stage collapse. (AP Photo/The Madison Courier, Mark Campbell) MANDATORY CREDIT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Organizers of some of Indiana’s county fairs and small festivals are anxiously awaiting new rules governing the type of rigging involved in last summer’s deadly State Fair stage collapse.

Details of the proposed temporary rules, which a state commission may vote on next week, have not been released and that’s stirring up concern among festival organizers who fear they could face new costs to comply with the regulations, said Gale Gerber, vice president of the Indiana State Festivals Association. He said many of the 450 festivals and fairs held across Indiana each year operate on shoestring budgets and cannot afford new costs.

“A lot of these small festivals have budgets under $2,000 or $3,000 to run their festivals. If these rules bring new Login to read more

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