There were a lot of empty baskets on the ferris wheel on the first Friday of the Midsouth fair. With a steady decline in attendance over the past few years the last thing organizers needed was a rain out.
But just buzz of stormy weather and an extended tornado warning had a noticeable affect on attendance.
Memphis Director of Emergency Services Matt Snyder says, "We never saw a bunch of people leaving but looking at the crowds on a Friday night, its obvious the weather did keep some people from coming."
At Covington High School the Chargers football team was warming up for a big game and sweating out severe weather.
Covington Assistant Principal Ned Lewis says, "HAd a lot of rain this morning about between 7 and 7:30...we had a good thunderstorm that moved through here and a lot lightening. It got real dark."
Weather warnings throughout the day threatened their homecoming celebration and a football matchup with long time rival the Munford Cougars. Had bad weather moved in faculty members were prepared to move the fans and the festivities indoors.
The staff at Covington high has experience with bad weather 32 weeks ago they had to evacuate a JV football game because of lightining.