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Rain prompts weekend event cancellations in central Indiana

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The Miracle Mile Parade on the south side was canceled due to the forecast. The Miracle Mile Parade on the south side was canceled due to the forecast.
Fans came to Rib America Festival Friday to avoid Saturday's rainy forecast. Fans came to Rib America Festival Friday to avoid Saturday's rainy forecast.
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INDIANAPOLIS -

Several events planned for this weekend have been canceled due to expected storms heavy rain.

Organizers have canceled Saturday's annual Labor Day parade in downtown Indianapolis.

"We came to a decision once we saw the radar. We wouldn't want to expose our members, kids, or families out in the bad weather," said Brett Voorhies with the Central Indiana Labor Council about the Labor Day parade.

A popular south side staple, the Miracle Mile Parade, was also washed out by the forecast.

"This would have been our sixth year and was going to be our biggest parade," said Diane Gritt.

Organizers at groups canceling events had one thing in common - a shared concern after last summer's fatal State Fair stage rigging collapse.

"We did plan on having a stage, speakers and everything. Safest thing to do, go ahead and cancel it," said Voorhies.

"We have a very large contingency plan," Gritt said. "But we really felt the weather made the decision for us.

Garfield Park canceled a concert and fireworks show and a Saturday night fireworks show was also canceled in Greenfield.

But the show goes on at the Rib America Festival at Military Park. Shut down for 40 minutes last year by storms, it was able to reopen.

"Three different monitors on site, checking the radar," said organizer Dave Lucas.

He says that gives plenty of time to evacuate the festival to parking garages and surrounding buildings.

Fans of the festival came early - and prepared for the weather - Friday night.

"Looks like everything is going to be a soaker. Rained out all weekend long," said Richard Winship.

The Winships brought their rain gear and came out Friday night, instead of the riskier day for rainy weather on Saturday.

"You can't begrudge the rain. We haven't had much this summer," said Kim Winship.

The NHRA Nationals are still running in Clermont. Around 2,700 women are signed up for Saturday's Indianapolis Women's half marathon and 5K. Organizers will keep a close eye not only on the rain and course conditions but also the warm temperatures.

Officials in Shelbyville will decide Saturday morning on whether to cancel its fireworks display Saturday night.

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