HAGERSTOWN, Md.—After a short downpour between musician sets that lasted about 15 minutes, the 17th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest went into delay about 7:30 p.m. Friday due to high winds in the area, a city official said.
“Guests are asked to seek shelter in the first floor of the Potomac Street parking deck, the Elizabeth Hager Center or City Hall,” city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said. “Performances will resume after the severe weather has cleared and an announcement is made by the Blues Fest committee.”
Blues Fest committee members are continuing to monitor area weather forecasts and radar models, and will release further announcements about the delay as they are available, Wolfe said.
After the severe weather has passed, an announcement will be made that the delay has been lifted, Wolfe said. Patrons will then be allowed to re-enter the festival area, and performances will resume.
“Safety for all guests, volunteers, performers and their crew members is paramount to the success of the 17th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest,” Wolfe said.
In a news release earler Friday, Wolfe said the Blues Fest would go on as scheduled, but delays were possible.
Guests can find information about potential delays by visiting www.blues-fest.org, the city’s website (www.hagerstownmd.org), on Facebook or on Channel 6 for Antietam Cable subscribers, Wolfe said.