How Safe Are Concert Stages After The Indiana State Fair Accident?

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) -- At the Indiana State Fair a high, large stage crashed down from a damaging wind gust during a concert killing five people and injuring dozens more on Saturday. According to officials at the Erie County Fair it's a rare occurrence and wouldn't happen here. "For weather you can't get a better stage than this," Erie County Fair Stage Manager Jerry Davis said.

Davis has been the stage manager at the fair for more than 20 years and says the structure of the stage used here is more stable and lower to the ground. "That's a solid grid... it's steel, we have the sides which we call wind walls... to keep the wind from blowing the stuff around," Davis said.

Fair organizers also say they won't hesitate to cancel a show if a strong thunderstorm approaches. "Three years ago we had a show and we did pull the plug on it because of lightning," Davis said.

And organizers watch conditions closely since they have concerts daily during the fair and a record breaking turnout each year. "We always shoot for that. But more importantly we want a safe fair, we want our guests to be happy," Erie County Fair Marketing Director Lou Ann Delaney said.

The Erie County Fair goes through this Sunday, August 21st. For more information go to