|The Briar Patch pond, during calm weather.|
2004 was a rough year, weather-wise. "The tornado outbreak" in May of that year is well documented. It was business as usual at the Briar Patch in Bevington on May 22nd until late at night, the straight line winds crept in.
"We heard it was 106 mph," said Bob Rice, owner of the Briar Patch regarding the wind speed. "It was part of a big system."
The Patch has endured many storms over the years, but none as big as the monster that surprised campers late that night. Tents went flying, as well as Bob's canoe. People remember being lifted off of the ground. Chaos ensued and campers, under a second's notice, managed to keep their wits and guide each other to safety. The police arrived to help out, as did the fire department. It was a major storm, and it's amazing that nobody was hurt or killed.
Bob has announced a 10 year anniversary bluegrass show to commemorate the event. It will be held on Saturday May 24th, and Bob hopes that people who were there in 2004 will return to celebrate that incredible night, as well as others who want to hear the stories and listen to live music. Cover is only $10 and that includes a night of camping. Since then, until this year, Bob hasn't started his event schedule until June.
The lineup includes three great bluegrass bands, The Cardinal Sound, Crossroads and Hanging By A String. More information will be announced as Bob passes it on.
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