Fairgoers scurried off rides to find the nearest shelter Friday as high winds and pounding rain moved into town shortly after 6 p.m., washing out most of the crowd the first night of the Western Kentucky State Fair.

Teens squealed with their friends as they raced for cover inside the fairgrounds convention center.

They were just in time for The Justin Reynolds Band, who warmed up their guitars as the tornado sirens rang.

The storm passed swiftly, and the concert went on.

Emergency manager Randy Graham said no injuries were reported following Friday's storm, but there was some damage to structures in the west and southern part of Christian County.

Christian County Sheriff Tyler DeArmond was onsite with a slew of deputies who stood by just in case things with the weather went awry.

The rides opened back up, and some teens hopped back on as light rain continued to fall.

Everyone who took shelter inside the convention center was allowed inside the show as a safety precaution. A few stayed in once the storm passed and contemporary rock and country tunes filled the center.

Reach Zirconia Alleyne at 270-887-3243 or zalleyne@kentuckynewera.com.

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