Contract: Fair would have owed Sugarland thousands


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana State Fair would have owed country group Sugarland thousands of dollars even if the band's show was canceled because of weather under a contract officials have released.

Documents released Wednesday show the fair would have paid the band at least $335,000 for the show, plus 85 percent of proceeds collected above $470,000.

Fair officials have said they weren't thinking of money as they debated whether to evacuate the grandstand before the Aug. 13 concert. Seven people were killed and dozens injured when a wind burst caused a stage to collapse.

The contract's "inclement weather" clause describes the payment requirements and emphasizes that the "artist will not perform on a wet stage."

Sugarland notified fair officials Aug. 17 that the band would not seek payment.

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