John Strong's Circus Sideshow Blow Down


At approximately 5:20pm at the Lubbock fairgrounds, an unexpectedly strong gust front blew through causing severe wind damage at the sideshow tent. Structure shown supported nine 10'x10' canvas banners and one 10'x15' canvas banner. Each back brace is made from 2" aluminum and held to the ground with Model T car axle tent stakes. I cannot by words convey the adrenaline rush of dropping those banners rapidly in that storm. Light hail was also noticed.

Winds were estimated at 75 mph and 90 mph by seasoned professionals on the ground.

The show must go on (once necessary repairs are made). Fair remains open.


Courtesy of  Katya Kadavera   US National Weather Service Lubbock Texas

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