On with the show - rain or shine

The rains came and kept on coming Saturday evening, but you'd have thought the Wilson County Fair was already in progress with the funnel cake, polish sausage, nachos, snow cone and inflatable booths open at the fair grounds. Several hundred people scurried under the Pageant Pavilion where performe...
Jul 6, 2009

The rains came and kept on coming Saturday evening, but you'd have thought the Wilson County Fair was already in progress with the funnel cake, polish sausage, nachos, snow cone and inflatable booths open at the fair grounds. Several hundred people scurried under the Pageant Pavilion where performers were turning out music for their entertainment.
The midway section of the grounds was filled this year with dozens of trucks and horse trailers because a show had come in and reserved the space. This caused the fireworks display to be moved to another section of the fair grounds, which drew complaints from many of the people who had come to see the annual show of fireworks.
The rains would break periodically, allowing folks to hit the food booths and more of them to show up and crowd under the pavilion roof. The audience was composed of young and old, several in wheelchairs and on walkers. Kids were dancing and having a great time. Many were dressed for the holiday in their red, white and blue.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead welcomed the damp spectators. Following a vocal version of the "National Anthem," the audience recited the "Pledge of Allegiance" in the flag decorated pavilion. More musical entertainment followed and then an a decision was made to shoot off the fireworks an hour earlier at 8 p.m. because tornado warnings were set for the county around 9 p.m.
Tamela and Harold Seeley from Watertown grabbed a protected seat from the elements where they planned to watch the fireworks. They were a bit upset when they discovered the display wouldn't be set off in the midway section where it usually is because they'd planned their seating to be close. 
Lucky Vandegejuchte of Lebanon was on hand with her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and her granddughter, Jordan, the latter two from Hendersonville. They said they hadn't been to Lebanon's fireworks display in several years, but had been in Smithville for a fiddling contest the night before and figured they'd come to Lebanon for the Fourth. They, too, were very disappointed about the change of location at the fairgrounds.
At 8 p.m., cars started arriving on the hill near the Peyton Road entrance to the grounds. Rain was pouring down and continued to pour all through the 30 minutes of exploding wonder. Thunder would crack and lighting would flash, intermingling with the cascading colors of the fireworks as they popped and banged.
In fact, sitting there in the car with the rain slapping the car top and all the rest of the sounds, the whole "arrangement" had a symphony of its own going.
Even with the rain falling as hard as it was, the exploding colors of the fireworks were glorious this year as purples, blues, lavenders and other interesting hues were added to the usual reds, greens and whites.

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